Reporting John Slattery
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A high school art teacher was arrested and charged with making terrorist threats on Friday, accused of threatening to bring a gun to school – and going on a Columbine-style massacre.
The teacher, 34-year-old Sabrina Milo, allegedly told co-workers that she was going to bring a gun to school. She allegedly said she would “settle some scores” and “do what needs doing.”
Milo has taught art at the school, Fort Hamilton High School, for ten years.
Michael Arkous, one of her former students, said he thinks it was all talk.
“I don’t think she would ever bring a gun,” he said.
According to the complaint, Milo sat at a school lunch table, crying and enraged. Court papers quoted Milo as saying she “wanted to bring a machine gun under a trench coat to school, and it would be Columbine all over again.”
The reference was to the 1999 Colorado school shooting by students that left 13 dead.
Milo lives on Staten Island with her husband, Ken Anderson, a former Army officer who teaches junior ROTC at the school.
Nanette D’Agostino, who lives next door to Milo, said she couldn’t believe that Milo would have meant it.
“That would be strange – odd,” she said.
At the school, students and parents voiced support for Milo.
“I just think it was a big mistake,” parent Mary McEvoy said. “I don’t think she really meant it.”
Milo was ordered held on $100,000 bond.
“We don’t have any comment,” Milo’s attorney, Andrew Stoll, said. “I think it will be dismissed in the grand jury.”
Whether it was blown out of proportion or not, making such a threat is certainly a red flag these days – not to mention a felony.
Milo got into trouble at the school a year ago for striking a student’s hand with a ruler. She was reprimanded, but returned for this school year.
Bail for Sabrina Milo was set at $100,000.