Charges dropped against ‘joking’ Queens substitute teacher who told middle school art students he’d shoot them
Students in class at Bowie High School in Austin. (Tamir Kalifa for The Texas Tribune)

NEW YORK — A Queens substitute teacher whose “joke” about shooting his art class students landed him in handcuffs walked out of court a free man Thursday, with the charges against him dropped even before he saw a judge. Cops on Wednesday charged Alejandro Rocha, 52, with making a terroristic threat, after he told his middle school class, “If you won’t do as you’re told, I’m going to shoot you — and yes, I have a gun,” cops said. None of the kids complained, but Rocha let his supervisor know what he said, and that put him in police custody. His case was sealed — but Rocha told the New York Dail...