Court documents: Liberal student-activist accused of Facebook rape-hoax also threatened former boss with handgun
Meg Lanker-Simons, an award winning liberal student activist and talk show host at the University of Wyoming (UW), walked into a radio station in 2005 and threatened her former boss with a Glock 44 .40 caliber handgun, according to court documents.
Lanker-Simons, whose Tumblr blog won a 2012 Think Progress award, made national news again last month when police accused her of fabricating a high-profile rape threat against herself prepared to look as if it came from a conservative.
According to the 2006 affidavit on the firing, she walked into the office of her former employer and pointed the gun at the man who decided to fire her, who reported he was in “fear for his life.”
Immediately after, Albany County Sheriff’s Office deputies detained Lanker-Simons at gunpoint while she was attempting to flee the scene, according to the Laramie Boomerang.
Lanker-Simons “admitted to having (a) gun in (her) purse and pulling it out and waving it around (the) victim,” according to the affidavit.
She pled guilty and received six- years of probation. At the time, Lanker-Simons went by the name Meghan Michelena, according to the Laramie Boomerang.
Meghan Michelena or Lanker-Simons later violated that probation when she was “unsuccessfully discharged” from a treatment center, according to court documents.
Lanker-Simons lawyer appeared in Albany County Circuit Court to enter for her a “not guilty” on charges of interfering with a peace officer last month.
In early April of 2013, police accused Lanker-Simons of posting a rape threat aimed at herself on a “crush” Facebook page. The posting immediately ignited outrage from the college community.
“I want to hate f**k Meg Lanker-Simons so hard. That chick that runs her liberal mouth all the time and doesn’t care who knows it,” it read. “I think its hot and it makes me angry. One night with me and shes gonna be a good Republican bitch,” the post reads, according to a screenshot.
Before the post was removed, Lanker-Simons commented on it and on her own blog, calling it “disgusting, misogynistic, and apparently something the admins of this page think is a perfectly acceptable sentiment.”
The University of Wyoming Police Department later issued a citation to Lanker-Simons for “interference” for “false statements she made to the UW Police Department,” according to a UW statement referred to by Laramie Boomerang Online.
"Subject admitted to making a controversial post on UW Crushes webpage and then lied about not doing it," according to the citation.
Lanker-Simons’ next appearance in court is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. June 13.
In 2012, Lanker-Simons’ blog Cognitive Dissonance, which has since been taken down, won an “honoree” award from the liberal group Think Progress for “live blogging the entire GOP primaries.”
Lanker-Simons was also in the news in 2010 when she was a plaintiff in a successful lawsuit against UW after it retracted its invitation to have Bill Ayers speak on campus.
According to a Facebook page that apparently belongs to Lanker-Simons she is a member of the University of Wyoming Gender & Women's Studies group as well as the school’s chapter of The Nonviolent Communist.
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