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A North Carolina teacher was charged Tuesday with threatening to “shoot” at an elementary school where she had worked, authorities said.
Kristen Thompson’s abrupt resignation Friday of Pathways elementary School in Hillsborough, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said in a new release.
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“This situation is being handled by the law enforcement with the safety of our students and staff of the school as our utmost importance. Meanwhile this situation is also handled by the school leadership as a staff issue, as well as safety,” authorities said.
Thompson’s co-workers at the elementary school heard her reported to be a threat to “shoot up” the school and alerted law enforcement. (Orange County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
Thompson’s fellow teachers allegedly heard her make the “threats to shoot up the school” and warned the law enforcement, the release said.
“They always say that if you see something, say something, who goes for if you hear anything,” department spokeswoman Alicia Stemper told WNCN-TV.
Thompson’s name does not appear on the school’s website Tuesday, but an archived version indicated she worked with children in the special education program.
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“She is around the children the entire time. So I mean, that is worse for a teacher to be a teacher to say that stuff then it would be someone from outside,” James George, one of Pathways elementary School parent, told the station.
Thompson was charged with “communicating a threat of mass violence” and received a $1,000 bond, police said. She is by the court on June 14.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.