Brooklyn High School Teacher Charged with Terrorist Threats

Sabrina Milo, a 34 year old art teacher from Brooklyn's Fort Hamilton High School, was arrested last week after allegedly threatening to stage an outburst that would be like "Columbine all over again," writes Camille Mann at CBS News.

Milo was charged over the weekend for making terroristic threats. It took her family two days to raise the required $100,000 cash to bail her out of jail, reports CBS station WCBS.

Milo was released Sunday but warned to avoid the school.

It is claimed that last week Milo was overheard by coworkers talking about shooting up the school, like "Columbine all over again," says prosecutors. She was then charged with making "terroristic threats", if she's found guilty, she could face a five year prison sentence.

"Maybe she was just venting, she just felt she needed to vent and it was just something that she said," neighbor Elizabeth Balestire said.

"I don't think it was a big deal."

Milo's tearful and furious outburst happened in an teachers' staffroom at the school. During the eruption it has been alleged that she would "settle some scores" and "do what needs doing," reports claim.

Lawyer Andrew Stoll is representing her. Stoll believes the charges are unwarranted, citing the fact that she had no weapons. Stoll believes she needs medication.

Students claim that while Milo was eccentric, she was well-liked and any such comment should have been taken as a joke.

But this isn't the first time Milo has been in trouble. Last year she was in hot water for striking a student's hand with a ruler. She was reprimanded, but returned for this school year.

"In the current climate today…people take things more serious than maybe they really are, but that's for other people to decide," neighbor Sam Capri said.

Stoll claims that rather than charging her, Milo, an art teacher, needs mental health treatment. He said he believes the charges will be dismissed in the grand jury.

"No reasonable person who knows Ms. Milo would have believed that she meant her alleged comments as anything but an exaggerated, personal venting," Stoll told CBS 2.

12 16, 2011
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