An Orange County elementary school teacher is facing a felony charge following allegations that she made threats to “shoot up the school,” according to an Orange County Sheriff’s Office press release.
Kristen Thompson abruptly resigned from her position at Pathways Elementary School on Friday, May 17 the release said. Other teachers reported Thompson’s threats.
The Orange County Sheriff’s office charged Thompson with communicating a threat of mass violence. A member of the Durham County Sheriff’s Office took Thompson into custody on Tuesday, according to the release.
Thompson received a $1,000 secured bond. She is due in court on June 14.
“A threat of school violence is understandably unsettling for the community,” Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said in the release. “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.”