A teacher who told a pupil he was on her ‘kill list’ of students has been sentenced to two years on probation.
Angelica Carrasquillo, 25, pleaded guilty to an intimidation charge on Friday after ‘threatening to commit murder’ at St. Stanislaus school in east Chicago.
A school counselor overheard a student say, ‘I heard Ms. Carrasquillo wants to kill herself and has a list’ in October.
The young pupil claimed Carrasquillo voiced the threat to him directly, and told him he was on the list, records at Lake County Superior Court show.
After being confronted, Carrasquillo gave the school’s principal the name of one student on the ‘kill list’ – but she did not reveal any others.
When was asked why she wanted to kill herself and others, Carrasquillo said it was because some of her students ‘did not listen’.
‘I’m having trouble with my mental health, and sometimes the kids do not listen in the classroom,’ she said.
‘I also have trauma caused when I went to high school.’
Carrasquillo argued ‘she was only joking about it all’.
But once officials learned of the threat, they immediately confronted her and escorted her from the building, the Diocese of Gary said in a message to parents.
Two students were honoured with heroism awards by the police department after telling the counselor what they had heard, CBS news reports.
Carrasquillo is banned from working at a school or daycare for the next two years.
She is also required to complete court-monitored mental health treatment, and is banned from contacting victims in the case.
If she successfully completes probation, she can petition to reduce the conviction to a misdemeanor, under terms of the plea bargain.
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