Blue Marble Jubilee canceled, online threat cited as reason
Grass Valley Charter School has canceled its annual Blue Marble Jubilee, citing online threats that local police call not credible.
Online conspiracy theorists point to a tweet by former FBI Director James Comey, claiming a link to the May 11 Blue Marble Jubilee and questioning whether the annual event faces threat of attack.
The April 27 tweet by Comey led people across the country to contact the South Auburn Street school, Grass Valley Police Sgt. Brian Blakemore said.
“It’s really based on the strange, rambling conspiracy theories of this guy,” he added. “It’s all a bunch of nonsense.”
Organizers of the event said they opted to cancel the event “out of an abundance of caution.”
“Of course, there is no question about putting safety first, however, we are devastated by the impact on our festival,” said Wendy Willoughby, president of the Grass Valley Charter School Foundation, in a release. “Not only is it disappointing that the cancellation of this event deprives the families of our school and community a day of fun and connection, but the Blue Marble Jubilee also serves as a fundraiser. We now find ourselves not only out the potential dollars raised at the event, but also the money already spent in preparation.”
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