She’s also made national headlines for allegedly threatening schoolchildren by saying she could have a bomb or a gun. But, you know, why let that get in the way of a run for office?
Now, footage of the 2010 incident has surfaced online, courtesy of the Post Millennial.
The video, which appears to show Gardheere threatening children aboard a school bus, ends with her being captured by a police officer.
According to Fox News, Gardheere, a Somali immigrant, boarded a bus headed to Chinook Middle School in Bellvue, Washington. After boarding, she allegedly told the driver to tell his dispatcher that “a national security incident was going on” and began screaming about American-Somali relations.
“More than one student reported her saying Americans were bad people,” court documents said.
After she was told to leave the bus, she intimated she might be armed.
“You need to calm yourselves down ’cause I could have a bomb. Look how loose my clothes are,” court documents read.
This is slightly different from what’s in the video: “I’m Muslim, I’m covered, I might have a bomb!” the woman, allegedly Gardheere, declares. “I might have a gun.”
When students begin fleeing out the emergency exits, she calls them “cowards,” as if they were absconding from battle.
Prosecutor Gretchen Holmgren also said Gardheere “told [the children] they would be responsible if something happened to their classmates. Several students believed she had a weapon of some kind and many feared for their lives,” according to the Post Millennial.
When sheriff’s deputies showed up, Gardheere allegedly told them she was “prepared to die.”
“I don’t care what you want,” an officer says in the video. “I’m gonna tell you right now these are children on the bus. I’m gonna ask you to get off the bus right now. I’m gonna ask you once. And then I’m going to take you off the bus.
“If you choose not to get off the bus, I’m gonna drop you right here as we stand, you understand that?”
“I’m prepared to die,” she says.
“I don’t care whether you’re prepared to die,” the officer says as he begins to handcuff her. “I’m about prepared to kill you, how’s that?”
Ubax Gardheere is currently the Director of Equitable Development in Seattle's Office of Community Development. She is running for King County Council.