Comment from Essexville-Hampton teacher led to Friday's lockdown

ESSEXVILLE (WJRT) - (11/07/2017) - A comment from a Cramer Junior High School teacher to other colleagues last Thursday led to a district-wide lockdown at Essexville-Hampton Public Schools the following day.

The teacher was talking with other faculty members at lunchtime when a threatening comment was made, according to a statement from the district issued Tuesday. No students were present when the threatening comment was made.

The comment was reported to Superintendent Matthew Cortez, who activated the district's emergency protocol. That included contacting the Essexville Department of Public Safety, which activated its threat response plan.

Police determined there was no credible threat toward any students, so classes went on as scheduled Friday, according to the statement. However, students were in "secure mode" that restricted students' movements throughout the day.

Cortez immediately placed the teacher on administrative leave and launched an internal investigation based on the district's personnel policies. The teacher accused of making the threatening comment was not identified and Cortez did not release what the teacher said.

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