Riverside Elementary teachers warned about threats made against fellow educator
Teachers told to keep blinds pulled, doors locked
Last Updated: 93 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - A threat has teachers at a local school on edge, and confusion about that threat is making things worse.
Teachers at Riverside Elementary School, Indianapolis Public School 44, were notified to be on the alert for two men who have made threats targeted toward a teacher at the school.
Sheriff's deputies made school officials aware of the threats two weeks ago, but teachers were just informed today, and the alert never made its way home to parents.
"Basically they told us to keep our blinds pulled, keep our doors locked to our classrooms," said one of the teachers at the school, who didn't want to be identified.
The teacher told RTV6 staff members were called into a meeting, told about the threats and were given a flier (pictured) with photos of two men and told to be on the lookout.
Teachers immediately asked about their safety and the safety of students.
"We asked if we could get IPS police there or IMPD or anyone, and it sounded like the idea kind of got shot down," the teacher said.
Several teachers told RTV6 that, in the meeting, they were told the threats involved a mention of Sandy Hook and that the threats stemmed from a legal dispute between one of the men and a teacher.
RTV6 caught up with IPS Supt. Dr. Eugene White after a school board meeting Tuesday night and informed him of the threats.
"(I) hadn't heard anything whatsoever," White told RTV6.
White made some calls and got to the bottom of the investigation and later told RTV6 that law enforcement agencies have been working on the case, and a judge presiding over the dispute and a teacher have been under protection because the threats were toward them.
White said there was never any mention of Sandy Hook and never a threat specifically against Riverside School, but he said nothing will be disregarded when it comes to safety.
"We will have police protection at the school," White said. "We will investigate the source of the message and do everything we can to get to the bottom of it. We'll definitely take all precautions to make sure the school is very, very safe."
Still, at least one teacher isn't satisfied with the way the threats are being handled.
"If a valid threat has been made and they're aware of it, then parents ought to know," the teacher said. "If you're going to put students first, then put them first, protect them."
The investigation into the threats against the teacher and judge is ongoing.
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