A teacher at a Catholic school was arrested on Thursday following allegations that she told a fifth-grade student she had a “kill list” of students and staff members and the child “was on the bottom” of it, according to a statement from the police.
The East Chicago Police Department (ECPD) said Angelica Carrasquillo-Torres, a teacher at St. Stanislaus School, made the threat on Wednesday, prompting the student to talk to a school counselor.
“Officers were advised that on Wednesday October 12, 2022 at approximately 12:45 p.m. 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 police said in a statement posted 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 teacher allegedly confessed to making the disturbing claim.
“The teacher was immediately escorted in to the Principal’s office to discuss the matter,” the ECPD wrote. “While discussing the matter in the office the teacher allegedly admitted to the Principal that she did in fact make those statements to the student and confirmed that she did have a ‘kill list.'”
“During the conversation the teacher named a specific student on her list, but did not provide the list,” the statement continued. “The Principal then advised the teacher to leave and not return to school pending an investigation.”
Officers were made aware of the situation four hours later, after the teacher left. The police filled out a report and notified the Criminal Investigation Division, which, the following day, “was able to obtain an emergency detention order for the teacher, from the Lake County Prosecutors Office.”
“The teacher who was identified as 25yr old Angelica Carrasquillo-Torres of Griffith, was taken into custody by our Detectives at approximately 11:15 a.m. at her Griffith residence without incident,” ECPD wrote, adding, “This is still an active investigation and no further statements will be made at this time.”
Learning of the shocking incident, parents voiced their frustration at the school, both for allowing Carrasquillo-Torres to leave and for waiting four hours to call the cops, according to Fox News.
Kristen Saldivar is the parent of a pre-K student at the school.
“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,” she told Fox 32 Chicago. “We knew nothing and we went about our normal school days like nothing was wrong.”
With her father’s permission, one of the children who reported on the teacher, Portia Jones, spoke to CBS Chicago.
“She said that she wanted to kill her middle school friends, her high school friends, and half of her family,” the fifth-grader said.
“Then she admitted that she had a ‘kill list,'” Portia continued.
While it isn’t clear if Portia was on that list, her father, Quiannis Jones, was outraged.
“There’s other parents going through this, too, because it’s more than just her that go here,” he said. “There’s 23 people in her class alone.”
“They should have never let her walk out them doors,” Jones stated. “They should have called the police right then and there.”
In the email sent to parents following the incident, the school stated, “I understand you may be hearing misinformation regarding an incident that took place at St. Stanislaus yesterday. I want to reassure you, that at all times, students were safe, and school continued as normal while we addressed the situation.”
According to CBS Chicago, parents were never told about the threats or the list.
“She said that these kids get on her nerves so much that she wanted to kill them,” Jones said. “Like, what type of person says that?”
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