From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes a story that a high school teacher has been charged with physically threatening and “putting a hit out” on a student, after learning that the 16 year old boy is gay.
Clayton County schools are investigating charges a teacher threatened a student after questioning the teen’s sexuality.
Randolph Forde, a teacher at Mundy’s Mill High School, remains on administrative leave with pay, schools spokesman Charles White said Monday.
Jail records show Forde was arrested last month on charges of terrorist threats and released on a $10,000 bond.
According to the student’s attorney, Forde pulled the 16-year-old student out of class and asked him if he was gay.
“A child’s sexuality is never a teacher’s business,” said Marcia Killebrew, the student’s mother. “I feel like the man was being extremely inappropriate.”
The next day, the teacher got into a verbal altercation in an algebra class, said (the student’s attorney Terrence) Madden.
“The teacher threatened to hit him in his ‘f-ing mouth,'” Madden said.
A few days later, Forde asked another student to “put a hit” on the teenager, according to a police report.
“The suspect advised to the witness that he would pay him to kill the victim,” the report states.
The teacher wrote the victim’s name on a note and showed it to another student on the school bus, the report says.
“I have no idea why teacher would want to hurt my son,” Killebrew said. “But all it came after the teachers asked my son if he was gay. For the teacher to ask that, he had to have a motive. That’s not a random question.”
Forde told police he “had no interaction with the witness or the victim, and he never made a statement regarding the victim,” according to the report.
Killebrew, the targeted student’s mother, contacted Clayton County police, who presented the allegations to a magistrate judge. A judge issued an arrest warrant on Oct. 13, according to court records.
According to the article, the teacher will not face a hearing regarding his employment until at least after Thanksgiving- an earlier scheduled hearing was postponed.
h/t Blender DP