A Washington female teacher was arrested after she allegedly threatened to shoot several students at a high school in Pierce County.
According to Komo News, the teacher identified as 58-year-old Julie Hillend-Jones made multiple threats towards the students at Emerald Ridge High School in Puyallup. Witnesses say they overheard Hillend-Jones making the threats on Tuesday and reported the comments to Puyallup School District officials. She was immediately placed on administrative leave.
“She had some anger involved with it when she said it, from what we understand, and they took it seriously and called the school district,”
Pierce County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Ed Troyer said in a statement that Hillend-Jones was contacted by authorities and did not “back off of the threat.” Officers immediately arrested the teacher and booked her at the Pierce County Jail on multiple charges. There were no weapons in her home at the time of the arrest.
Troyer says there were no details as to what exactly led up to the violent threats.
“If a kid makes those kind of statements, they end up going to jail, and they have to pay the price for it. If a teacher makes them, that’s a bad example and they have to be held accountable just as well.”
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