UPDATE: Detectives have
completed their investigation and no criminal violation was found. No charges
were filed in the case. There is no word at this time from Chesterfield Public Schools officials on the teacher's status at the school following the outcome of the investigation. Stay with 8News for updates.
CHESTERFIELD, VA-- A Chesterfield County middle school teacher is on leave, accused of making comments about shooting students.
The teacher involved is now being investigated by police. 8News spoke with the accused teacher, who has been advised not to comment. The teacher did say all the fact will come out during the investigation.
A student, who was in the class, tells 8News the teacher said to a student, "I'll shoot you, you shoot me, then we'll all shoot each other."
The incident happened at Matoaca Middle School during fourth period Tuesday, that's according to a student who spoke with 8news.
The student, who was inside the class, tells 8News that another student came from the bathroom and walked over to the teacher's desk. When he got there, the student tells 8News the teacher said, "I'll shoot you, you'll shoot me, then we'll all shoot each other."
Parents say even if the teacher was joking, the comments are inappropriate.
"That's not something to joke about," said Michael Sharper a parent at Matoaca Middle School.
"If you don't have enough respect for your job your craft the kids at the school the parents you're not respecting any of that to joke about something like that what's funny about that," said Sharper.
A child, who was in the class, tells 8News students were misbehaving and the teacher seemed stressed.
That's when the Chesterfield School System says an "inappropriate comment involving school safety" was made.
After class, students tell 8News they went to an assistant principal and reported what happened.
The teacher is now on leave while an investigation is being completed. Police say no charges have been filed at this time.
The Chesterfield County Public School System released the following statement Tuesday: "The school division takes seriously our responsibility to provide a learning environment that is free from distraction and disruption. A Matoaca Middle teacher has been removed from the school following an allegation that an inappropriate comment involving school safety was made around students today. The teacher will not be returning to the classroom pending the outcome of the investigation and the administrative process."
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