- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Colorado middle school teacher has resigned after he posted the message, “I want to kill children,” on a projector screen in class.

Kris Burghart, an eighth-grade teacher at Otho E. Stuart Middle School in Commerce City, resigned Friday after being put on administrative leave for the offense, school district officials said Monday.

Mr. Burghart projected a message in front of his class that read, “Silent reading … I want to kill children but I am a loving Christian man who never would hurt a flee [sic] so please sit down and read,” The Denver Post reported.

Tracy Rudnick, spokeswoman for Commerce City School District 27J, told the newspaper that a student snapped a picture of the message on his phone. Mr. Burghart later admitted to the school’s principal, Fabricio Velez, that he was responsible for writing it, Ms. Rudnick said.

She said Mr. Burghart might have been feeling frustrated with his students when he typed and displayed the message, The Post reported.

“He is a very well-liked teacher, so it is unfortunate, but we don’t stand for anyone making threatening remarks,” Ms. Rudnick said.

The principal assured parents in a letter that “no student was in danger at any time.”

In a separate letter to parents, district superintendent Chris Fiedler called Mr. Burghart’s post unacceptable.

“It is my firm belief that at no time, under any circumstance is it acceptable to threaten harm to our students — not as a teaching tool, not as venting frustration, not as a joke,” he wrote, The Post reported.


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