YORK, Pa .– A teacher at an elementary school in the Central York School District is accused of threatening to shoot people and infect others with COVID-19 if he fell ill after staff in interview removed a plastic barrier he installed in his classroom to protect himself against the coronavirus.
Chad Gerrick, 50, of West Manchester Township and a sixth grade teacher at Sinking Springs Elementary School, was arrested on Friday for terrorist threats.
Gerrick had a conversation with school administrators earlier in the morning after housekeepers removed a plastic barrier he had installed in his classroom due to COVID-19, which left him angered, Northern York County Regional Police reported.
Later, a cafeteria worker overheard Gerrick threatening to shoot everyone at the Central York Educational Service Center if he was infected. This is in addition to stating, “I don’t care how sick I am, I’ll come to school and spread COVID to everyone I can,” police allege.
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The cafeteria worker, police said, reported the comments to administration and provided a written statement.
At the office, Acting Superintendent Ryan Billet told Gerrick he was under investigation for uttering threats and hanging, police reported.
Law enforcement served a search warrant at Gerrick’s home and removed nine long guns and a handgun. They found no weapons in his vehicle, which was parked at the elementary school.
Gerrick could not be reached immediately on Tuesday. He has been a science and math teacher in the Central York School District for over 18 years, according to his LinkedIn.
In an email, Nicole Montgomery, director of communications and marketing for the Central York School District, said Gerrick is currently on leave.
The school district, she said, is working closely with police during the ongoing investigation.
Gerrick is due to appear for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 22, according to court records. He is free on an unsecured bond of $ 25,000.