Police Investigating Threat Made Against Bishop Watterson High School


Police records indicate that Bishop Watterson High School officials filed a report that someone who claimed to be from a "well-known LGBT group" sent an email to the school, threatening retaliation for the firing of a gay teacher.

According to the report, the email read that protests of the firing of Carla Hale would take part in three stages.

Video would be shot inside and outside of the school in the first stage, according to the report. The second stage was supposed to involve couples entering the school and kissing. The third stage would involve posting the video on the Internet.

The email was also reported to have stated that if Bishop Watterson wanted to avoid the situation, the school could send $10,000 to the group and another $10,000 to the teacher.

Bob Vitale, editor-in-chief of "Outlook Columbus," a monthly magazine for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, attended a public discussion on Saturday about the fired Bishop Watterson physical education teacher.

Vitale said he was in disbelief to hear of such a threat.

"The LGBT groups are standing with Carla Hale. You know, something like that would be so ineffective that I can't believe anyone could conceive of doing that," said Vitale.

A spokesperson with Columbus police said on Saturday that it was still unclear who sent that email, but said they were investigating.

The school did not respond to a request from 10TV News for comment on the threat Saturday.

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