"When I kill myself, it will be your fault," screamed Hui Altman.
Altman repeated her threat several more times before storming out of City Hall last Thursday, sending school officials scrambling to track her down. Eight police officers responded to City Hall with some scouring the City Hall parking lot and others heading to the two New Rochelle public schools where she was, up until last week, a teacher.
Altman was a probationary Mandarin language teacher at Albert Leonard Middle School and also ran the after-school Mandarin program at Ward Elementary School.
Reza Kolahifar, Assistant to the Superintendent for Human Resources, told police he was meeting with Altman in his office at City Hall when the incident began. He informed Altman that she was terminated due to poor teaching performance, effective June 30 at which point Altman became emotionally upset and threatened to take her own life.
According to police records obtained by Talk of the Sound, Kolahifar called police to report that Altman stated "When I kill myself, it will be your fault." Kolahifar later told a police Detective investigating the incident that Altman made several remarks about harming herself. There are unconfirmed reports that Altman also made statements about harming others but no officials sources have confirmed those reports.
After the call came in, police immediately began searching the parking lot and area around Beaufort Street behind City Hall looking for Altman or her blue Honda CRV but were unable to locate her or her vehicle. Police were informed that Altman had left the area and was possibly returning to one of the schools where she teaches.
Two detectives located Altman's car, unattended, in the parking lot at Ward Elementary School. The two detectives went to the office of Ward Principal Franco Miele where the two detectives located Altman. Two other officers responded to the location and an ambulance called.
Altman was removed from building on a stretcher and taken to Sound Shore Medical Center for further treatment after paramedics determined Altman had an abnormal blood sugar level. A paramedic told police that the blood sugar level and blood pressure medication was a possible cause for Altman's behavior. Medical staff and hospital security were advised of the situation.
After the incident on March 29th, Altman's name was removed from the district web site A resolution was passed at the recent school board to replace her at the Ward after-school Mandarin program.
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