A Greco Middle teacher accused of threatening to blow up the school has retired instead of facing possible dismissal.
John J. Carmody, who taught geography at the school in Temple Terrace, had been recommended for dismissal on this week’s school board agenda.
Carmody got into a verbal dispute with an assistant principal at the school on Feb. 28, documents from the district show. The argument occurred in a hallway and was about papers being copied and distributed.
Records say that Carmody, who worked for the school district for 20 years, became “upset and verbally aggressive” toward the assistant principal. He then told her he was angry with her and warned her of what he would do next, officials said.
“I am going to go downtown, get MaryEllen Elia, bring her back to Greco, and I am going to blow this place up,” records show Carmody said.
Two other employees overheard the conversation at the school at 6925 E. Fowler Ave.
One reported hearing Carmody tell the assistant principal “she was going to regret her decision.”
The other asked the assistant principal: “Did he just say he was going to blow the school up?”
Greco administrators called Temple Terrace police due to the nature of the comments. No criminal charges were filed.
Carmody, who began his career at Oak Park Elementary, earned $47,000 annually with the district.