EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — A Northwest Indiana teacher has been charged after allegedly admitting to having a “kill list.”
On Wednesday at around 5 p.m., officers were dispatched to St. Stanislaus School, located in the 4900 block of Indianapolis Boulevard.
According to court documents, at around 12:45 p.m., two fifth graders were in the classroom of Angelica Carrasquillo, 25, of Griffith, for recess detention, when one of the students allegedly heard Carrasquillo say that she wants to kill herself and has a “kill list.” Furthermore, documents allege the teacher told the fifth grader that they are “at the bottom of the list.”
Court documents state she was then transported to the principal’s office, where she allegedly openly stated, “I want to kill myself, staff and students, and I did also make a kill list.”
When asked why, documents allege she told the school’s assistant principal, “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.”
Principal Angelica Foy then arrived to the school to interview Carrasquillo. Documents allege she confirmed again she had a kill list and wanted to kill herself, staff and students.
Documents state Ms. Foy told the teacher she is not to return to the school, pending an investigation, and that “it would likely end in her termination.” Also during the interview, documents allege Carrasquillo told them if she had a car, she would be able to “fit two dead bodies in the trunk.”
The assistant principal also told police that one of the students heard Carrasquillo state that she wanted to kill herself or others in the past, documents allege.
Prosecutors believe Carrasquillo agreed not to return and left the school. That has angered some parents, alleging the school should have taken action sooner.
“I’m scared, I’m scared for my kid, I’m scared for the current students, the students in that 5th grade classroom, the other teachers, the faculty, there are teachers who have been here for 15 years, 20 years,” parent Kirsten Saldivar said.
In an email Thursday afternoon to students, the school cited “misinformation” and claimed the teacher was detained and escorted off campus after students were dismissed.
St. Stanislaus moved to an e-learning day on Friday.
Carrasquillo was charged with intimidation, a felony, and a $20,000 bond was issued. She is being held at the Lake County Jail. Her next court date is not known at this time.
The National Suicide Hotline is 988.