An art teacher at Fort Hamilton High School in Bay Ridge has been charged with making terrorist threats after saying that she would take a “machine gun under a trench coat and it would be Columbine all over again” in the teachers’ break room. The teacher, 34-year-old Sabrina Milo, was crying as she said this to three other teachers, who went to the school’s principal. She was arrested on Friday and is being held on a $100,000 bail.
Milo, who’s been working in NYC public schools since 2001, had gotten in trouble with the Department of Education before, having been sent to one of the infamous “rubber rooms” in May for a disciplinary violation. Her lawyer told the court that Milo is “not a threat to anybody” and basically that she doesn’t have a gun anyway, so why worry. There’s ways of getting those, you know.
Obviously it was a stupid and menacing thing to say, but who knows what tone she was using, what happened in her class that day, etc. Totally unacceptable nonetheless. But maybe it was an honest-to-God moment of foot in mouth, with nothing dangerous behind it. No way to know for sure. Milo’s husband’s ex-wife told the Post (perhaps with something of a bias?) “I’m not surprised” about the incident.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 2, 2011