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An elementary school teacher in Hillsborough, N.C. is under fire after reportedly threatening to shoot up the school where she taught. Kristen Thompson resigned this week after her coworkers at Pathways Elementary School reported the incident.
The Orange County Sheriff’s department has charged Thompson with communicating threats of mass violence.
The sheriff’s office released a statement saying:
“This situation is being handled by law enforcement with the safety of our students and school staff as our utmost concern. Meanwhile, this situation is also being dealt with by school leadership as a personnel issue as well as a safety one. As such, the principal and other administrators are strictly forbidden by law from sharing information about the case. A threat of school violence is understandably unsettling for the community. Please know that the school and law enforcement are working together as a team to ensure the last few weeks of the school year are safe and productive for our students.”