Gym Teacher Fakes Bomb Threat To Get Out Of Work

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DENVER, Colo. — A Colorado elementary physical education teacher was arrested after making a fake bomb threat to avoid going to work.

Jennifer Gomes, 42, is accused of leaving a note at the private Escuela De Guadalupe School on Oct. 17 saying, “there is a bomb inside.” KUSA-TV, Denver reported Thursday.

The note led to the school being evacuated and searched by authorities.

Gomes, who was arrested Oct. 19. told investigators she left the note because she did not want to go to work that day. Gomes is currently facing a class 6 felony count of false reporting of explosives, KMGH-TV, Denver reported.

According to school officials, Gomes, who worked only one day a week at the bilingual elementary school since 2010, has been suspended.

“The safety and well-being of our kids is our top priority, and we are confident that we are providing this type of environment at Escuela right now. We are not able to get into the particulars of personnel matters. At this point, the matter is now in the hands of the Denver police and the Denver DA’s office,” said David Card, president of Escuela de Guadalupe.

Gomes, who was recently released from jail after posting $2,000 bond, is set to appear in-court Nov. 3.

This is not the first-time Gomes has had brushes with the law.

In 2009, she pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor child abuse involving negligence without injury while working as a day-care provider, ABC 7 News in Denver reported.

Gomes was also cited for driving without a seat belt as was having an unrestrained child passenger in 2010.

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