Saturday, April 07, 2001

Teacher not charged for alleged threats

The Associated Press

        FINDLAY, Ohio — A middle school art teacher won't be charged for allegedly telling her students that she was “about to kill all of them.”

        Anne Thieman, who took a weeklong leave without pay, is back in the classroom at Liberty-Benton schools.

        Findlay Law Director Dave Hackenberg said Ms. Thieman's conduct did not constitute criminal activity.

        Ms. Thieman did say what she said was wrong. Sheriff's Deputy Dave Spridgeon said Ms. Thieman told him that she never had any intention of harming anyone and “felt bad” for what she had said.

        “She was apparently frustrated with some of the things that were going on in class,” Deputy Spridgeon said. “It's my opinion, but I don't believe there was any malicious intent on her part.”

        A student's mother told authorities that Ms. Thieman twice threatened students in her class.

        The boy told his mother that Ms. Thieman told his class that “if they didn't have a vacation coming up, she was about to kill all of them,” according to a sheriff's report.

        The student's mother contacted the sheriff's office to report that the teacher had threatened her son, the report said.


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