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Washington state teacher charged, upset over PTSD claim

PUYALLUP, Wash. (AP) — Washington state prosecutors have charged a high school teacher of felony harassment after suspecting she made threatening comments.

The Tacoma News Tribune reported Thursday that Pierce County prosecutors accused 58-year-old Puyallup teacher Julie Hillend-Jones of threatening to shoot and kill students at Emerald Ridge High School.

Prosecutors say she made threats during a phone call Tuesday with her case worker after previously filing a PTSD workers compensation complaint.

Court records say the case worker reported Hillend-Jones to police saying she made threats after being told she would have to go through her own insurance.

A not guilty plea was entered on her behalf at arraignment in Pierce County Superior Court.

Officials say Hillend-Jones was prohibited from going near the school, contacting staff or students or possessing weapons.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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