An elementary school teacher from North Carolina was arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot up the school she worked at. Kristen Thompson abruptly resigned from her position at Pathways Elementary School last Friday (May 17). After she quit, school officials learned from other teachers that she had previously made threats to shoot up the school.
When they learned of the allegations, they immediately contacted law enforcement. Thompson was arrested on Tuesday (May 21) and was charged with communicating a threat of mass violence. She is currently being held on $1,000 bail.
"This situation is being handled by law enforcement with the safety of our students and school staff as our utmost concern," Sheriff Charles Blackwood said in a statement. "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."