NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) - A Central Texas middle school
principal won't face charges, despite allegations he threatened a
group of science teachers.
The teachers say New Braunfels Middle School Principal John
Burks threatened to kill them if their students' standardized test
scores didn't improve.
But Comal County District Attorney Geoffrey Barr says the
allegation fell short of meeting all elements of a terroristic
threat or assault by threat. The case is now considered closed.
Teacher Anita White filed a police report in March, accusing
Burks of making the threat at a January meeting with teachers.
She said Burks told the teachers that if the scores did not
improve, quote, "I will kill all of you and then shoot myself."
A police report shows that the other three teachers confirmed
the statements. Two of the teachers said they felt threatened, and
a third said he felt the comments were made to try to motivate the
staff. An assistant principal at the meeting told police she could
not recall if Burks threatened the teachers.
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