A suburban Atlanta high school teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into whether he tried to have one of his students assassinated, CNN reports.
Terance Madden, an attorney for the alleged victim, said that Randolph Forde, who teaches at Mundy’s Mill High School near Atlanta, was charged with making terroristic threats before being released on bond. He is on administrative leave with pay as he awaits an employment hearing scheduled for early next month, according to Charles White, a spokesman for Clayton County District Schools.
Forde allegedly took a student from a school bus on Oct. 9 and told him that he would “pay him to kill the victim," according to a report by the Clayton County Police. When the student asked who the target would be, the suspect said he'd write the name on a note, the report says.
"The teacher held a piece of paper up with the victim's name on it," Clayton Police Officer Otis Willis III told CNN.
In a statement read to reporters, Madden said that problems between the boy and the teacher go back to "on or about September 29," when "Forde allegedly called my client outside the class and asked him if he is gay." Then "on or about September 30," the two had an argument in class and Forde threatened "to hit him in his 'effin' mouth," Madden's statement said, according to CNN.
"Not only did my client report the verbal altercation and verbal threat to the vice principal of Mundy's Mill HS, he also reported that Mr. Forde asked him outside the classroom for the inappropriate question of whether he was gay," the statement said. "Apparently nothing was done by the school administration to either Mr. Forde or my client, because Mr. Forde was back in the classroom on October 1, as was my client."