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5th-grade teacher who had 'kill list' of students and staff sentenced to probation

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A former fifth-grade teacher who admitted to authorities that she had a "kill list" of students and staff was sentenced to probation on Monday, WTHR-TV reported.

Angelica Carrasquillo-Torres, 25, was charged with felony intimidation after a student reported that she had a "kill list" containing the names of children and colleagues at St. Stanislaus School in East Chicago, Indiana.

According to court documents, on October 12, Carrasquillo-Torres made "a threat to commit murder."

At the time of the incident, the Diocese of Gary told parents that Carrasquillo-Torres was immediately confronted and escorted off campus after a school counselor overheard a student say, "I heard Ms. Carrasquillo wants to kill herself and has a list."

The student informed school officials that Carrasquillo-Torres had told him he was at the bottom of her list and that she also wanted to kill herself.

Following the school's alarming notification, concerned parents demanded a restraining order against Carrasquillo-Torres and periodic mental health evaluations for all school staff moving forward, WFLD-TV reported.

The principal reported that since the incident, the school has increased security and expanded its counseling services.

After being removed from the campus, school officials did not notify law enforcement until four hours after the alleged threats were reported. Carrasquillo-Torres was arrested the following day without incident.

Court documents stated that school officials provided authorities with one student's name who was allegedly on the list, but the complete list of names was never revealed.

When confronted by school officials, Carrasquillo-Torres reportedly admitted to having a list, but told them that "she was only joking about it all."

"I'm having trouble with my mental health, and sometimes the kids do not listen in the classroom. I also have trauma caused when I went to high school," Carrasquillo-Torres allegedly told school officials when asked why she created the list.

Carrasquillo-Torres' plea bargain prohibits her from working at a school or day care while on probation. She must also undergo mental health treatment, which the court will monitor.

The former teacher was sentenced to two and a half years on probation. Upon completion of her probation, Carrasquillo-Torres will be allowed to petition to reduce the conviction from a felony to a misdemeanor.

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