Dallas teacher Omar Alanis threatened to kill the staff at Seagoville High School by burning them alive if he did not get a raise, Texas police investigators say. The 29-year-old world history teacher was arrested for making terroristic threats.
Omar Alanis used his school district email account to message the Seagoville High School principal and several other administrators in the Dallas district telling them they should make sure he gets a raise if they “don’t want to burn alive,” Fox News reports. Alanis was demanding a “master teacher salary” for both himself and another teacher, along with back pay under the new rate dating back to last August.
After receiving the threat they would burn alive if a pay raise was not given, the Dallas Independent School District administrators immediately contacted local police. Dallas police records indicate Omar Alanis was hired to teach at Seagoville High School at the beginning of the current school year.
In a second email sent from the same account, Alanis reportedly stated anyone who refuses to comply with his demands would be “put down immediately.” A photo of police officers carrying various weapons was attached to the email.
The Dallas teacher went missing for a week after the death threat emails were received, Fox4 News Dallas-Fort Worth notes. Upon his return, Alanis sat down for an interview with police investigators and confessed multiple times to sending the death threat emails to school district administrators, the Dallas News reports. Security was significantly increased on the school campus until Omar Alanis could be found and taken into custody for questioning. According to the district website, the high school principal’s name is Angela West.
The relatives of the Dallas school teacher claim he was not in his right state of mind when sending the threatening emails to the Seagoville High School principal and other district officials. They maintain Alanis is now getting the mental health help he needs.
“You know, there’s a back story to that,” the teacher’s sister said when referencing the pay raise demand emails, Arlene Alanis said. “As far as we’re concerned, he’s not mentally stable at this point. He had some sort of mental breakdown. He was very unlike himself when I saw him. I was just like ‘that’s not my brother.’ We’re getting our brother the help he needs. He’s not a terrorist. There’s no need for anyone to be afraid of him.”
Alanis also reportedly said he wrote the emails to protest the pay rate and to stand up to the district administration to force pay rate changes. Seagoville High School serves approximately 1,300 students in grades nine through twelve. A majority of the student population is Hispanic, according to the Great Schools website. About 59 percent of the student body is Hispanic, approximately 21 percent of students are black, and about 18 percent of the pupils are white.
Approximately 81 percent of the students participate in the free or reduced federal school lunch program, far above the state average. Seagoville High School has 76 full-time teachers. The school is one of 38 which comprise the Dallas Independent School district serving students in the city and surrounding suburbs.
The Texas school district did not fire Omar Alanis, but they put him on administrative leave pending the outcome of the police investigation into the death threats. It is not known if the forced leave was with or without pay. Alanis was released from the Dallas jail after posting a $1,500 bond.
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