An Indiana teacher has been arrested after she threatened a fifth-grader and revealed she had made a “kill list” of students and other staff.
St. Stanislaus School teacher Angelica Carrasquillo-Torres was taken into custody on Thursday after she made threats toward a child around noon on Wednesday.
Carrasquillo-Torres’s plans emerged when she reportedly threatened to put a child on her “kill list.”
East Chicago police officers were dispatched to the Catholic school later that afternoon.
“A 5th-grade student told his/her Counselor that their 5th-grade teacher made comments to him/her about killing herself, students, and staff at St. Stanislaus School,” the East Chicago Police Department said in a statement on Facebook.
“The teacher further told the student that she has a list and that he/she was on the bottom of that list,” the statement added.
The 25-year-old teacher was escorted to the principal’s office and allegedly admitted that the student’s claims were all true.
“During the conversation, the teacher named a specific student on her list, but did not provide the list,” East Chicago police said.
The principal then asked Carrasquillo-Torres to leave the school and not return.
Police officers, who were not aware of the situation until four hours later, arrived at 5 p.m.
They took the teacher into custody without incident the next morning.
Parents have expressed frustration that the school allowed the teacher to leave and failed to call the police right away.
“The original email that we received last night had no information of what was going on other than there was an issue in that specific classroom,” Kirsten Saldivar, the parent of a Pre-K student at St. Stanislaus School, told Fox 32 Chicago.
“We knew nothing and we went about our normal school days like nothing was wrong.”
East Chicago police are still investigating.
No charges have been filed so far, however.
The school moved to virtual classes for Friday and counselors have also been made available to students and staff.