NDSU student said he would use ‘2nd Amendment rights’ against staff, court documents show – InForum
FARGO — A North Dakota State University graduate student is accused of threatening to exercise his “Second Amendment rights” against school employees and saying he would “terminate to a woman’s life if he found them in the men’s bathroom, according to court documents.
Thomas William Walker Sayward, 38, of West Fargo appeared Friday, June 10, in federal court in North Dakota on a count of threatening interstate communications.
A criminal complaint filed Thursday details comments Sayward allegedly wrote in an investigation received by the NDSU on May 14. He claimed that the university ombudsman is not tolerant or inclusive if a person does not belong to the “wake-up cult,” the complaint states. He called the mediator a bully and said they should be fired, according to the complaint.
“Criminals employed at NDSU will go to jail or I will exercise my Second Amendment rights to defend my First and 14th Amendment rights against certain criminal tyrants currently employed at NDSU,” Sayward reportedly wrote in the survey. “The only good bully is a dead bully, and if the Feds (Department of Justice) are not going to deliver justice, then it is well within my rights to employ the Second Amendment against those bullies at NDSU to recover and defend my (and others’) obvious inalienable constitutionally protected First and 14th Amendment rights.
In a May 28 inquest, Sayward wrote, “If I find a woman in the locker room or the men’s room, I will use my Second Amendment right on the spot to end that person’s life in defense. of my First Amendment right,” according to the complaint.
Federal agents linked Sayward to the Internet Protocol address used to send the survey, according to the complaint. Court records also indicate that he purchased a shotgun and a pistol that spring in Fargo.
In a Tuesday interview with police, Sayward claimed the NDSU administration discriminated against him for his beliefs about transgender people, according to the complaint. He denied any intention to kill anyone and would only use violence in self-defense, according to the complaint.
He was sentenced Friday to Cass County Jail. He is represented by Christopher Bellmore of the Federal Public Defender’s Office. The Forum was unable to contact the Public Defender’s Office at the time of publication.