Teacher's trial starts today

June 18, 2008 7:29:34 AM PDT
A former Bucks County teacher is going on trial today, accused of terrorizing her elementary school with written threats and acts of vandalism.

Jury selection is underway.

Authorities allege that 46-year-old Susan Romanyszyn left notes and a device that looked like a bomb because she was angry about her teaching assignment. She wanted to teach fifth grade at Longstreth Elementary School in Warminster, but was assigned to the fourth grade.

Romanyszyn faces 17 counts of making terroristic threats, a felony, when her trial begins Wednesday.

She has been fired by the Centennial School District, where she had worked for 10 years.

While teaching math at Klinger Middle School in 2005, she was one of two Pennsylvania finalists for a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics.

Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com