An Indiana teacher with an alleged “kill list” was in custody Friday after a student told a counselor he made comments about the teacher killing himself, students and staff, the East Chicago Police Department said.
According to police, officers responded to a report of a threat at St. Stanislaus Catholic Elementary School around 5 pm Wednesday.
The principal and assistant principal told officers that a fifth-grader had made comments to a counselor about the teacher killing himself, students and staff, and that the student was at the bottom of a list of so-called murders, police said in a Facebook post.
In a statement, the school said the teacher was removed from the classroom after officials learned of a “disturbing report” and was placed under supervision and away from students.
After students were dismissed at the end of the school day, the teacher was taken off campus and police were called at 4:45 p.m., the release said. The school said police assured the principal that the building was safe and that 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 principal has moved to an e-learning environment for Friday … and has made resources available, including access to a school counselor, to assist students during this difficult time. The school is working with local authorities and the Gary Diocese Office of Schools to provide St. Stanislaus students with so that they can continue to have a safe and supportive environment, to be able to learn, grow and progress”.
The Diocese of Gary said in a statement that it is cooperating with authorities and looking into the matter.
“We are very saddened by this event,” the archdiocese said in a statement. “School safety is the main concern of our schools. Due to the ongoing police investigation, we are unable to provide further details at this time and ask the community to pray for healing and resolution.
The police obtained an emergency arrest warrant for the teacher on Thursday. He was arrested without incident at his home.
CNN has contacted police for more information. The department’s Facebook post said no further statements would be made pending the completion of the investigation.