‘I want to kill children message lands teacher in hot water
Educator in Colorado accused of placing of the message on the digital screen of the projection on administrative leave.
A Colorado high school teacher resigned after projecting a disturbing message on a classroom screen: “I want to kill children.”
The teacher, Kris Burghart, who taught the eighth grade at Otto E. Stuart Middle School in Commerce City, resigned on Friday, just weeks after he was put on administrative leave for the message, the school district officials told The Denver Post.
Commerce City teacher who allegedly wrote ‘I want to kill children” on the projector resigns https://t.co/xmkg1LRvIR pic.twitter.com/tVVh3dXNdJ
— FOX31 Denver KDVR (@KDVR) 12 December 2017
The note projected on a screen, earlier this month, read: “Still reading … I want to kill children, but I am a loving Christian man who would never hurt a flee (sic) so please sit down and read.”
A student who took a picture of the message and share it with the officials of the school. Tracy Rudnick, spokeswoman for Commerce City School District 27J, told the newspaper that Burghart admitted to writing the message.
“Still reading … I want to kill children, but I am a loving Christian man who would never hurt a flee (sic) so please sit down and read.”
Teacher Kris Burghart of the classroom message
Burghart, who refused to comment on the message or on his resignation, and was well appreciated by the students and called the incident “unfortunate,” said Rudnick
“But we are not to make threatening remarks,” she added.
In a letter to the parents, the principal, Fabricio Velez, said the students were never in danger, according to Fox 31. “We take all allegations related to the safety and security of our birds of Prey very seriously,” he said in the letter. “I can assure you that your student is not in danger.”
“I can assure you that your student is not in danger.”
– Client Fabricio Velez
Superintendent Chris Fiedler called the post “unacceptable” in another letter to the parents. “It is my firm belief that at no time, under what circumstances is it acceptable to threaten harm to our students as a didactic tool, not as a venting of frustration, not as a joke,” he wrote, according to The Denver Post.
On the school Facebook page, parents expressed their displeasure with Burghart’s resignation.
“He is the best teacher at this school in my opinion,” one parent said.