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