Kristen Thompson

Pathways Elementary School teacher Kristen Thompson abruptly resigned on Friday, May 17.

On Tuesday, she was served a warrant and will be due in court on June 14 for a felony charge of communicating a threat of mass violence after former co-workers reported to authorities that Thompson had made threats to “shoot up the school.”

Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation and obtained a warrant for Thompson’s arrest. A resident of Durham County, Thompson was served the warrant by deputies with the Durham County Sheriff’s Office. She was held on a $1,000 secured bond.

“This situation is being handled by law enforcement with the safety of our students and school staff as our utmost concern,” Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said. “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.”

The sheriff’s office deployed extra personnel to the school on Monday and Tuesday and expected that to continue on at least Wednesday and Thursday.

“I’m confident that the school is in very good hands,” OCSO Public Information Officer Alicia Stemper said.