Police say teacher wrote notes threatening western Iowa school

Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 11:21 AM CST
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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Police in western Iowa have arrested a former high school math teacher accused of writing and planting notes threatening gun violence at a school.

Council Bluffs police say in a news release that 37-year-old Katrina Phelan of Council Bluffs turned herself into police on Wednesday after an arrest warrant charging her with three counts of making terroristic threats were issued for her. Each of the three counts is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.

Four notes were found at Council Bluff’s Abraham Lincoln High School over two weeks in November that talked about “committing gun violence” on school property. The notes were made to sound like they were coming from an unnamed student who was tired of being ridiculed, investigators said.

“Each of the notes were reportedly either found in Phelan’s classroom or found by Phelan herself, in various locations within the school,” the CBPD release states.

Police say Phelan admitted in an interview with detectives that she had written the notes and that she had done so to show that the school is not a safe place. Investigators determined “she had no intentions or means of carrying out these threats.”

The school district says she is no longer employed there.

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