Indiana elementary school teacher with alleged ‘kill list’ in custody, police say



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An Indiana teacher with an alleged “kill list” was in custody Friday after a student told a counselor the teacher had made comments about harming himself, students and staff, the East Chicago Police Department said.

Officers responded to a report of a threat on St. Stanislaus Catholic Elementary School around 17 on Wednesday, according to the police.

The principal and assistant principal told officers that a fifth-grade student informed a counselor that the teacher had made remarks about killing himself, students and staff, and that the student was at the bottom of a so-called kill list, police said in a Facebook post.

In a statement, the school said the teacher was removed from the classroom after officials learned of “a troubling report” and remained under supervision and away from students.

After students were dismissed at the end of the school day, the teacher was escorted off campus and police were called at 4:45 p.m., the statement said. The school said police assured the principal the building was safe and classes could resume the next day.

“The well-being and safety of our Catholic school students and staff is a top priority,” the statement said.

“In response to this incident, the headteacher has moved to an e-learning environment for Friday … and made resources available, including access to a school counselor, to support students at this difficult time. The school is working closely with local authorities and Diocese of Gary’s Schools Office to ensure that St. Stanislaus students continue to have a safe and supportive environment in which to learn, grow and thrive.”

The Diocese of Gary said in a statement that it is cooperating with authorities and reviewing the matter.

“We are deeply saddened by this event,” the archdiocese said in the statement. “School safety is one of the most important concerns for our schools. Due to the ongoing police investigation, we are unable to provide additional details at this time and ask the community to join us in praying for healing and resolution.”

The police obtained an emergency arrest warrant for the teacher on Thursday. She was arrested without incident at her home.

CNN has contacted the police for additional information. The department’s Facebook post said no further statements would be made until the investigation is complete.

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