Teacher Threatens to Shoot School Officials Over Removal of Covid Plastic Barrier

A veteran teacher at Sinking Springs Elementary is facing charges after allegedly threatening to shoot school district officials. His threats come after janitors were told to remove his plastic barrier in his classroom.

The teacher, Chad Gerrick, had the plastic barrier constructed and put in his classroom to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. Gerrick worked for the Central York school district as a science and math teacher for 18 years. On Friday, he was charged with one misdemeanor count of terroristic threats and is on leave from the school.

According to Fox43, a cafeteria worker overheard Gerrick threatening to “shoot all them f***ers at the ESC,” referring to the Central York Educational Service Center on Marion Road, police said in the complaint. Gerrick also allegedly promised that if he got sick with COVID-19, he would “come to school and spread COVID to everyone I can.”

He also allegedly said, “I don’t care how sick I am.” The cafeteria worker submitted his written statement of what he witnessed to a school administrator. The school administrator passed the information to local authorities, who began investigating the incidents.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for Gerrick’s car and home. They did not find anything in his car but found and seized two long guns and one handgun in his home. Gerrick declined to make a statement to the police without an attorney present. Police claim that Gerrick was irate after meeting with administrators, who instructed the maintenance staff to remove his plastic covid barrier. The barrier was put in place by Gerrick for additional safety measures.

The Central York school district is conducting all operations on a remote-only basis through at least Friday. According to The Blaze, “Over the holiday weekend, the District continued to receive notification of several new positive cases of COVID-19. In the past 14 days, a total of 19 cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Sinking Springs Elementary.”

Gerrick was released after posting $25,000 bail. His hearing is scheduled for October 22.

According to ABC 13, the statement from the school reads, “…Please be assured at no point was there a risk to the safety of our students and staff at Sinking Springs Elementary. The safety of our students and staff at CYSD is of the utmost importance, and we strive to…protect the health and safety of all of our students.”


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