Tuolumne County school trustee declares himself “messiah” to end the world

Belleview Elementary School District filed a restraining order against trustee Jason Vassar after viewing manifestos that he wrote.

A Belleview Elementary School District trustee is considered to be in “unpredictable mental condition,” according to documents filed in Tuolumne County Superior Court. 

The documents shed light on why school officials requested a restraining order against trustee Jason Vassar. 


Driving the news: Court filings include expletive-laden “manifestos” written by Vassar titled “Homework” and total 93 pages. 

  • Vassar submitted the writings to the district superintendent-principal after a meeting on Oct. 30, where he declared himself “the messiah chosen by God” to bring about the end of the world. 
  • The manifestos discuss government conspiracies related to COVID-19, the Antichrist, and grievances with social and political groups, along with references to violence and racial slurs. 
  • The school district obtained a temporary restraining order, requiring Vassar to stay 1,000 feet away from the school campus and surrender firearms. 
  • Vassar was placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold under code section 5150. 
  • The district is seeking a permanent injunction and has started the process to have Vassar removed from the board through the state Attorney General’s Office. 
  • Vassar has been on the board since 2015 and was most recently reelected in November 2022.

Go deeper: Vassar’s manifestos included language that he “was going to be executioner for God and kill your children.” 

  • Vassar also wrote “I’m going to tear this planet apart starting with my home town, Sonora.” 
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