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Springs teacher accused of threatening students could lose job

LANCE BENZEL Updated: March 9, 2011 at 12:00 am

A Sand Creek High School science teacher who was charged with a misdemeanor Feb. 18 for allegedly threatening students could end up losing his job, a school district spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Richard Wasserman, 49, has been on paid leave since Jan. 25, when students complained about his classroom outbursts at the school at 7005 N. Carefree Circle.

They told police the tantrums included threats to shoot, stab and run them down with his car, and claimed Wasserman twice threw scissors against a wall, according to Colorado Springs police spokesman Sgt. Steve Noblitt.

A month after a school-resource officer began investigating, Wasserman was charged with interference with students — a crime involving a “credible threat” to cause bodily harm with a deadly weapon, court records show.

The Class 1 misdemeanor carries a jail term of up to 18 months under Colorado state sentencing guidelines.

According to Falcon District 49 spokeswoman Stephanie Meredith, a misdemeanor conviction could result in disciplinary action including termination.

But the district’s board of directors may consider Wasserman’s continued employment as early as Thursday's regular board meeting, Meredith said.

The attorney, Charles F. Kaiser, did not return a phone message The Gazette left at his Denver office on Tuesday, and Wasserman could not be located for comment as of Wednesday afternoon.

Meredith had no other information about Wasserman, including how long he has worked at the school district.

Call the writer at 636-0366.

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