A Georgia high school teacher is under suspicion of making terroristic threats against one of his students, and has been accused of attempting to place a hit on the 16 year-old boy.
Randolph Forde, a 10th-grade special education teacher at Mundy's Mill High School in Clayton County, was arrested last month on suspicion of trying to persuade another student to kill a 16 year-old, the Associated Press reports.
He could lose his job.
Officials are investigating claims that Forde threatened the student after asking him whether he was gay.
Forde was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats against the 16-year-old student.
Attorney Terance Madden represents the student and said Forde pulled him from class and asked if he was gay. Madden said the student became angry at the suggestion and the next day the two had a verbal altercation
The teacher also threatened to hit him in the mouth and asked another student to put a hit on the boy, Madden said.
The student's mother, Marcia Killebrew, said her son came home frightened when he found out. Police say the teacher held up a piece of paper with the alleged victim's name on it, indicating he'd placed a hit on the boy.
Forde was previously arrested in October. He was released on a $16,000 bond and ordered to stay away from the student.
Forde also was put on paid administrative leave and is scheduled to attend an employment hearing on possible disciplinary action after Thanksgiving.
Forde's attorney, Borquaye Thomas said he was joking and the incident was blown out of proportion.
In an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution the victim's mother said "[a] child's sexuality is never a teacher's business."
"I feel like the man was being extremely inappropriate," she added.
Forde's attorney, said students said his client often plays around with students and everyone knew he joking about the reference to a hit.
According to the police report, the teacher wrote the victim's name on a note and showed it to another student on the school bus.
Forde's attorney said his client asked the student about being gay after he saw the boy dancing inappropriately with another male student in class.