A high school teacher in Georgia found himself behind bars recently, accused of putting a "hit" on one of his students. Randolphe Forde is charged with making terroristic threats, and is now free on bond.
According to a statement from the student's lawyer, Forde has been having problems with this unnamed student for more than a month. The lawyer, Terance Madden, says the trouble began September 29 when "Forde allegedly called my client outside the class and asked him if he is gay."
Madden also said the two argued in class the following day, and Forde threatened to "hit him in his 'effin mouth."
A police report says that on October 9, Forde pulled a student off a school bus and told him he "would pay him to kill the victim." Forde then wrote the 16-year-old boy's name on a piece of paper, according to CNN.
Forde's attorney was quoted by WSB-TV saying that Forde had been joking and had never revealed a name to anyone.
The statement claimed the school failed to take action against Forde, though the student reported the fight, the threat and the incident outside the classroom to the vice principal. The student’s mother pulled him out of school, fearing for his safety. A police report was filed on Oct. 12.
"Finally, Mr. Forde was allegedly removed from the school after the police report was filed, and my client was able to return to school," Madden said. "An arrest was made on or about Oct. 14. Mr. Forde bonded out on $10,000 bond and waived his preliminary hearing."
Forde is currently suspended with pay from the school, pending an employment hearing next month. School district spokesman Charles White refused to comment on the matter, but said, "There are definitely multiple sides to any story."