A woman who teaches at an Indiana Catholic School was arrested Thursday by officers from the East Chicago Police Department.
Angelica Carrasquillo-Torres, 25, of Griffith, Indiana, was taken into custody without incident around 11:15 a.m. Thursday, according to a police department statement.
St. Stanislaus School officials became concerned after a fifth grade student informed them Wednesday afternoon about a teacher’s behavior. The student explained that a teacher had remarked about killing herself, students and other teachers in the school. Even more concerning was her final remark that the student was at the bottom of her list, according to police.
Administrators immediately escorted the teacher to the principal’s office to discuss the matter. Carrasquillo-Torres allegedly admitted to the principal she made those statements to the student and confirmed the existence of her “kill list,” which she did not provide. The 25-year-old teacher named a specific student who was on her list, police said, adding the principal instructed the teacher to leave and not return to school pending an investigation.
Classes at St. Stanislaus Catholic School were conducted remotely Friday as the investigation continues, according to an ABC7 report.
“I’m really, like, scared and worried,” the reporting student Portia Jones reportedly said. “She said she wanted to choke us and she wanted to kill herself.”
The teacher reportedly admitted having made the list and wanting to hurt herself and others.
“I want to kill myself, staff and students, and I did also make a kill list,” Carrasquillo-Torres said, according to documents filed in court. She alluded to mental health issues exacerbated by children not listening to her in the classroom, the report noted.
The school did not notify ECPD until four hours after the teacher was allowed to leave school premises, police said. Officers completed a report and notified its Criminal Investigation Division, which obtained an emergency detention order for Carrasquillo-Torres from the Lake County Prosecutors Office.
St. Stanislaus officials deny allowing the teacher to leave, according to a Western Journal report.
“The teacher was removed from the classroom and escorted to the principal’s office, where she remained under supervision and had no further contact with students,” Principal Angelica Foy said.
She was apprehended at her Griffith residence and charged with felony intimidation, according to court records.
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