County candidate once threatened physical harm to children

Ubax Gardheere
Ubax Gardheere

A Seattle-area county council candidate once threatened to blow up a school bus and mocked the children who fled the vehicle as “cowards,” according to court documents.

Progressive candidate Ubax Gardheere is running for the King County Council in the Seattle, Washington area and has been endorsed by some local Democratic officials, including state Senator Rebecca Saldana, who said she “would follow Ubax anywhere.”

However, in 2010, Gardheere faced felony charges after she boarded a Highline School District bus making its morning rounds and demanded the driver inform his dispatch “that a national security incident was going on,” according to court documents reviewed by Fox News.

After demanding the driver send her message to dispatch, Gardheere – who is today the director of the Equitable Development Division in Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development – proceeded to verbally attack the Chinook Middle School students onboard the bus over America’s relationship with Somalia, according to court documents.

“More than one student reported her saying Americans were bad people,” the charges said, which also noted that “Gardheere was not the parent of any children on the bus.”

When the driver and students told Gardheere to get off the bus, the now-county council candidate told them multiple times that they needed to calm down because she could have a “bomb” and might have a gun, the documents show.

“You need to calm yourselves down ’cause I could have a bomb. Look how loose my clothes are,” Gardheere said, according to an audio recording of the incident described in court documents.

The Post Millennial, which first flagged the court documents in an article published Friday, noted that deputy prosecutor Gretchen Holmgrem said that when students started fleeing the bus through the emergency exit, Gardheere called them “cowards.” The court documents also say at least one student heard her call the fleeing students “White cowards.”

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