Indiana Teacher Suspended For Threatening Notes On Blackboard

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LAKE STATION, Ind. -- An Indiana teacher has been suspended after he allegedly wrote a threatening message on a blackboard Friday. "The guns are loaded!!!" he reportedly wrote, after having what students called a "meltdown" in class.

WLS in Chicago reported that Lake Station police met Monday with students and officials at Edison Junior-Senior High School to discuss the message scrawled by the teacher on Friday.

The message was written to juniors and seniors in a personal finance class at the school in Lake Station, 15 minutes east of Gary, according to New York's Daily News. A student took a photo and posted it to Facebook, CBS Chicago reported.

According to the Daily News, the teacher had been out of school for a few days and "apparently wrote the message in reaction to reports he received from the substitute." The message he wrote on the blackboard included, "You are idiots," "The guns are loaded" and "Care to try me?"

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Superintendent Dan DeHaven says that the teacher -- who wasn't named -- wasn't in school Monday and wouldn't be back pending an internal investigation. He says that the teacher has worked at the school for about 28 years and has no disciplinary record.

Police will submit their report to prosecutors to determine whether charges are warranted.

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Lake Station Indiana is the capital of ignorance. #2 was taken out of context because of the ignorance. The ignorant "concerned" citizens are using this to vent their rage. Lady in red, your daughter is afraid to go to school. because of your ignorant rage fear promotion at home. WE ALL KNOW WHAT THIS MEANT. DON"T TAKE IT OUT OF CONTEXT PEOPLE. PUT YOUR ENERGIES ELSEWHERE, WHERE IT"S USEFUL. PAINT YOUR HOUSE OR WALK YOUR DOG, HE"S TIRED OF BEING OUTSIDE ON THE CHAIN.

March 08 2013 at 8:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The article stated the teacher had a melt down in class. I'd like to know about the students at the heart of that melt down. What were their actions to cause such a thing? Where are the parents of those children and are they being held accountable for their children's behavior? Are there isssues in this teacher's personal life? What is this community doing to turn this situation into a win/win stiuation for the teacher and students alike? I'm not sorry to say that I'm tired of parents NOT taking responsibility for thier childrens behavior. Finger pointing, saying how things should have been handled in order to subvert dealing with their own children. Open up, hear both sides, admit wrongs, both sides. Resolve and become better for it.

March 06 2013 at 10:53 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

To older people 30yrs and above that expression guns are loaded means 1 thing but to kids in 20s and down it means another. The kids understood it. When they go home and tell their parents and see the reaction of the parent is when it becomes the problem because those 30yrs and up were not in the "society of children that are out there now". Unfortunately they will never lve the lives we did..but, they survive. Teaching is not like it was when the parents were in school. Teachers are daily hour by hour minute by minute abused by someone elses kids..but that never makes the news because teachers have to take what they get. However i think the term gun is the issue and the teacher could have used a word like authority but student rebel at people of authority out there...the teacher was talkin their talk to get their attention. How many street people are the parents going after? you would be surprised how kids threaten other kids and teachers now days in schools. No one is safe.

March 06 2013 at 10:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Revolution to wipe out the dictator is what he meant, go USA.

March 06 2013 at 10:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There is a whole different attitude in school than when I attended some 40+ years ago. Respect for oneself and the adults is missing. I am a substitute teacher and have experienced a great deal in the execution of my duties. It is likely this class 'acted out' for the substitute. Why don't parents and students realize that going to school is preparing them for life?? Do these kids think they can go to work with their pants hanging to their knees or dressing in sexy outfits and expect to do a good job? Parents do not interact with their children enough in school lessons, teach them manners and how to respect. There is also the other side of this referring to education that teaches to test results. It is sad that all children are treated as learning at the same rate. Sooner or later, the slower learners will fall by the wayside and drop out of school. When are we going to wake up and realize these kids are our legacy and will be the leaders when we are in our rocking chairs on the porch??

March 06 2013 at 10:22 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The kids were probably total brats to the sub, and now they know they are in trouble, and trying to get the teacher in trouble. I feel bad for the teacher because he can remember the times when students were respectful, motivated, and disciplined. Those days are gone. It's really sad.

March 06 2013 at 10:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Younes S

I am going to have to side with the teacher in this case...
Yes, I know, "Guns" are bad items used by criminals and terrorists...
But does that mean nobody is allowed to say the word guns when speaking???
Also he has been on the job for 30 years...
If he were really a hateful teacher...
Something would have occurred a lot sooner than now...

March 06 2013 at 9:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cool Pontoon

This is silly, The teacher I believe used a metaphor, , Students are as a whole, in many areas, Out of Control and undiciplined,

March 06 2013 at 9:54 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Mr. Sinatra

If the students knew this teacher and his sensibilities, they wouldn't feel threatened, as some who spoke up stated. Others however apparently did not, and at first glance then the written comments would appear to have a threatening tone. Either way it was a pretty reckless thing for a teacher to do, given the spate of gun violence we've experienced of late, and all the convtroversy about guns in schools, etc. If anything he's guilty of being pretty stupid for a teacher. And you can't fix stupid.. But given his long career as an apparently effective teacher, I would think a warning is in order here. Talk to him.. Have a good psych assess his stability. Then let this guy go back and do his job.

March 06 2013 at 9:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

after 28 years? Yeah, I think I would be fed up with the state of student privelages... or the perceived privelages students think they have.

different landscape nowadays. if the last time one was in the classroom is when one was actually in school, then I suggest one gets cleared by a school and takes a day to walk around and get a sense of what it is really like in the hallways and classrooms.

It seems most adults are taking their kid's word for what is happening.

March 06 2013 at 9:41 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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