A teacher at a Pennsylvania elementary school was arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot district officials because janitors removed a plastic barrier he had installed in his classroom to protect against the spread of COVID- 19, according to reports.
Chad Gerrick, an educator at Sinking Springs Elementary School in York, is now charged with one count of terrorism threats, according to Fox43.
Last Friday, a cafeteria worker said she overheard Gerrick threatening to “shoot all f —–” at district administrative offices, the station reported, citing a criminal complaint affidavit filed by regional police. Northern York County.
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Gerrick also said that if he did contract coronavirus he would “come to school and broadcast COVID to everyone I can,” the police document reportedly added.
Police told Fox43 the 50-year-old teacher was upset following a conversation he had with administrators about removing the plastic barrier he erected in his classroom.
Gerrick was suspended by the school pending an investigation and detectives who raided his Manchester Township home seized two long guns and a handgun, Fox43 also reported, citing police.
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Meanwhile, the Central York School District says Gerrick’s school will operate remotely only until Friday due to new cases of coronavirus.
“Over the holiday weekend, the district continued to receive notifications of several new positive cases of COVID-19,” he said in a message posted on his website. “In the past 14 days, a total of 19 cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Sinking Springs Elementary School. ”