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Report: Hawaii Nuke Alarmist Receiving Death Threats

Report: Hawaii Nuke Alarmist Receiving Death Threats
Executive Director of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Toby Clairmont says police are looking into death threats made against Saturday's accidental button pusher. (Jennifer Sinco Kelleher/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 16 January 2018 06:03 PM

The Hawaii state warning officer who accidentally sent a false alert about a missile attack last Saturday has reportedly been deluged with dozens of death threats.

Toby Clairmont, executive director of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, said police are investigating threats made against the man and his family, Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

The newspaper reported the button-pusher is one of 10 warning officers entrusted with alerting island residents and visitors of both natural and man-made threats against Hawaii.

"This person is distraught that they've received death threats," Clairmont told the Star-Advertiser. "This is hard. What can be worse than this? Running over a child in a crosswalk and you realize you did it? It's that kind of feeling. . . . This employee is not doing well. We need to help them, too."

The employee has not been disciplined and is cooperating with an ongoing investigation that will be included in a report to Gov. David Ige, D-Hawaii, and the state legislature by Friday, Clairmont told the newspaper.

He faces possible disciplinary action, he added.

According to the Star-Advertiser, four people were inside the state's emergency operations centers inside Diamond Head crater Saturday when the alert was sounded — including a supervisor who also was coming on duty during a shift change.

"It's not as easy saying it was one person doing this," Clairmont told the Star-Advertiser. "It would be very unjust to put our finger on one person. . . . There were at least four people in the room at the time, including a supervisor and three warning officers. That's what leads us to believe it's not as simple as people think. Maybe something was said in the room that was misinterpreted. Maybe there were too many people in the room."

But it was, finally, only one officer who "clicked the button," Clairmont said, describing him as "a very well-trained and seasoned employee."

"He's not someone we hired off the street," he told the outlet. "This was someone we could depend on. There had to be more to it."

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