NYC Substitute Teacher Arrested For Threatening To Shoot Kids For Not Listening

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A substitute teacher in Queens was arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot a class of middle schoolers unless they listened to him, according to a NY Post report.

New York City substitute teacher Alejandro Rocha, 52-years-old, was instructing a group of nine children, ages 11 and 12, at The Walter Crowley Intermediate School at around 2PM Wednesday when he made the threat.

“If you don’t do what you’re told, I’m going to shoot you — and yes, I have a gun,” Rocha allegedly yelled.

Rocha later confessed to a supervisor and apologized, claiming it was all a bad joke, according to the NY Post.

Rocha was arrested for making a terrorist threat, according to police.

“This is absolutely unacceptable,” a Department of Education spokesperson said in a statement. “The substitute teacher was immediately suspended and if this deeply disturbing allegation is found to be true, he will be fired.”

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Rocha has been a substitute teacher since 2001 and has no prior disciplinary history, according to the Department of Education.  Rocha is currently suspended without pay and is not eligible to work in schools.

This piece was written by Ray Dietrich on July 24, 2021. It originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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