ATASCADERO — A former Atascadero Unified School District (AUSD) teacher has been arrested for making threats to current district employees. 

Atascadero Police Department (APD) released information stating that they were notified of the threats in early January, “The threats were serious in nature and as a result, the Police Department conducted an investigation.” 

James S. Klink (56) was arrested with the help of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as Klink was no longer residing in APD’s jurisdiction. He was found to be violating Penal Code 422 — Terrorist Threats.


According to San Luis Obispo County Jail records, Klink was booked into the jail on Jan. 17 on five charges of making terrorist threats. He remained in custody as of Tuesday evening.

Klink’s Facebook page says he is a Physical Education (P.E. )teacher at AUSD.

APD has sought a bail enhancement and Klink remains in custody. Authorities say this investigation is ongoing, and they will make no further comment at this time. 

If you have any information related to this investigation, please contact the Police Department at (805) 461-5051.