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Lake Station teacher under investigation for chalkboard message

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A northwest Indiana teacher is under investigation for a message he wrote on the chalkboard for his Lake Station class. It's a statement involving an insult and mentions "loaded guns."

Lake Station police have been administrators at Edison Junior-Senior High School to let them know no one is in danger.

The teacher has apparently been dismissed, and administrators said he will not return until the investigation is over.

A high school business teacher wrote this message on a chalkboard after his sixth period class and walked out:

"Period 6 (only)

A.) You are idiots!!!!!!!!

B.) The guns are loaded!!!

C.) Care to try me???????"

Students snapped a picture of it and circulated it on Facebook.

The teacher has been with the district for decades, and parents said that particular class has caused problems in the past.

"This teacher has been a good teacher for 30 years. He made a mistake," Lake Station parent Steve Bellamy said. "I don't agree with what he wrote on the board, but people have a breaking point. When you don't have control of your kids, you have nothing."

"What he put on that board, I don't care how disrespectful those kids were, how they behaved, there's no excuse, absolutely no excuse," says Lake Station student Ciarra Arteaga.

On Monday night, close to 100 people packed the City Council Chambers. Police and the school superintendent talked about what happened and tried to calm fears in the community, but it didn't take long for tempers to flare. Emotions were running high, forcing the police chief to threaten to end the meeting immediately if people didn't calm down.

The superintendent assured parents the teacher would not be let back in school until the police investigation was complete and only if he could be sure the teacher was not a threat.

"Again, what he said, what he wrote, what he wrote is not acceptable," Superintendent Dan DeHaven said. "And I'm not here to defend that."

There were parents who applauded the teacher's positive influence and defended him believing the gun reference was not a threat but merely a metaphor. Others worried the teacher might get special treatment because a relative is on the school board.

"I do think there should be some type of punishment involved, or something, definitely because if a student had done that they'd be out in handcuffs, no problem," says parent Vanessa Bodo.

"I think the teacher needs to be not in that school no more," says another Lake Station parent, Regina Hobbs.

Police said the investigation could be wrapped up in a couple of days. Authorities took statements from several students and they're going to meet with the administrators again. They said the Lake County prosecutor has been notified because charges are possible.

"There are allegations of threats being made to students," Lake Station Police Chief Kevin Garber said. "Obviously we take that very seriously. So we're looking into if, in fact, there is any possibility of criminal charges at this point we're unsure until we get all the facts."

We went by the teacher's home and left messages for him, but he did not respond. He does have an attorney, but he has not released any statements either.

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