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Queen’s replacement art teacher, 52, has been arrested after threatening to shoot classroom

Queens’ replacement art teacher, 52, has been arrested for threatening to SHOOT high school students for not listening to him in class

  • Alejandro Rocha, 52, was arrested on Wednesday after confessing to the threat
  • Rocha was conducting an art class at Intermediate School 5, the Walter Crowley School, in Maspeth when he made his disturbing comment
  • The Sunnyside resident has been a substitute teacher for 20 years and has no previous disciplinary history
  • He has been arrested and charged with constituting a terrorist threat

A substitute teacher in Queens has been arrested for threatening to shoot a class of high school students on Wednesday.

Alejandro Rocha, 52, was arrested later that day and charged with making a terrorist threat after telling the art class at Intermediate School 5, the Walter Crowley School, in Maspeth: ‘If you don’t do as you’re told, I will “I’m going to shoot you — and yes, I have a gun.”

None of the students complained about the comment, but Rocha confessed to what he said to a supervisor.

Rocha told top school officials that he made the bad joke when the group of 11- and 12-year-olds became unruly, but that he was sorry.

The Walter Crowley Intermediate School is rated ‘an above average public school’ with a B+ of niche, a school ranking and rating site.

A substitute teacher in Queens was arrested for threatening to shoot a class of high school students when he failed to gain control of the 11- and 12-year-olds

A substitute teacher in Queens was arrested for threatening to shoot a class of high school students when he failed to gain control of the 11- and 12-year-olds

Rocha has been a substitute teacher since September 2001 and has no previous disciplinary history, according to the Department of Education.

The Sunnyside resident has been suspended without pay and awaits his arraignment at the Queens Criminal Court.

A spokesman for the city’s DOE commented on the situation, saying: “This deeply disturbing allegation is absolutely unacceptable and this substitute teacher was immediately suspended.”

Rocha’s troubling threat comes amid an alarming surge in gun violence in New York City.

The number of shootings has risen 29 percent so far this year compared to the same period last year, with newly elected Mayor Eric Adams warning this week that “no one will come back” to New York City if the crime wave continues the same trend.

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