Radio host wishes for "nice school shooting" to break up monotony of Trump impeachment

Source: CNN Newscource/KDVR
Source: CNN Newscource/KDVR(KNOE)
Published: Dec. 19, 2019 at 12:07 PM CST
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Radio DJs filling hours of time are bound to cross lines on the air from time to time. But one husband and wife team in Colorado are learning the hard way that you never joke about school shootings.

"Talking about the never-ending impeachment of Donald Trump, yeah, you wish for a nice school shooting to interrupt the monotony," Chuck Bonniwell said during a radio broadcast Tuesday afternoon.

"No, no, don't even say that. Don't call us. Chuck didn't say that," his wife, Julie Hayden, interjected.

"Which no one would be hurt," Bonniwell replied.

Those are the controversial comments made by Chuck Bonniwell on 710 KNUS Tuesday afternoon.

The radio station then fired Bonniwell and his co-host and wife.

"Given the history of school violence that has plagued our community, 710 KNUS confirms that an inappropriate comment was made on the Chuck & Julie show by co-host Chuck Bonniwell. A programming decision was made to end the program immediately."

That school violence includes the STEM school shooting that happened back in May.

A shooter took the life of 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo and wounded 8 others.

Bonniwell releasing this statement saying, "I made an inappropriate comment meant as a joke. I'm sorry it was not received in that light."

But it was certainly no joke to Kendrick's dad, John Castillo.

"I was appalled," John Castillo said. "It goes back to, it's criminal to yell fire in a building, to invoke that. Making a statement like that from anyone is just unbelievable to me, especially our family. I couldn't believe it, no. These two individuals are married and they have a kid. I can't imagine if they lost their child like we lost our son to domestic terror in a school shooting. This isn't funny, it's not something you make a joke about."

The same station made news last month for firing a host in the middle of his show after he criticized President Trump.

Radio station owner Salem Media Group specializes in Christian and conservative content.