EAST CHICAGO, Indiana (CBS) – Many parents expressed concern Wednesday at a Catholic school in east Chicago after a teacher was allowed to remain on school grounds without police being called for several hours.
The teacher admitted to creating a kill list with the names of staff and students on it.
CBS 2’s Suzanne LeMignot traveled to East Chicago, Indiana, where at least one parent met with administrators on Wednesday.
More than 100 parents came together to write a letter after the incident involving the teacher. They are asking for changes.
Some of these parents came out to protest after they said St. Stanislaus School had failed their children. Among them was a student, holding a sign that read, “I don’t feel safe.”
A week ago, a fifth grade student told a counselor that her teacher had said she was going to kill herself, along with school staff and students.
The counselor then informed the director. The teacher admitted to creating the kill list. East Chicago Police said they weren’t made aware of the situation until four hours after the teacher was cleared from the school.
In a letter addressed to the school and to the Diocese of Gary, among the parents’ demands are a meeting with the Diocese, the creation of a guidance council and the resignation of any civil servant who has not followed the mission of school and put children, families and the community at risk.
Parent Ashley Alford said her daughter was one of the children who reported what the teacher said.
“A few minutes later she was seen leaving,” Alford said. “She was able to get an Uber to her house. At that time, no one else was contacted. I was not contacted [about] the danger to my child. They did not contact the police until around 4:45 p.m. that day.
CBS 2 contacted the school for comment on the letter and did not hear back. The teacher was charged with criminal intimidation.
Police said she was in custody.