A teacher at Rutherford County Schools has been arrested after she threatened to have her son killed over a Facebook post about the Black Lives Matter movement, according to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.
The Rutherford County School District said in a statement that the teacher, Michelle Parnell, 30, of Madison, Tennessee, is charged with menacing with intent to endanger.
“The Rutherford School District takes this matter seriously and is working with local law enforcement to determine what happened and how this individual could have obtained a concealed weapons permit,” the statement said.
Parn, who is a teacher, was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation, the statement added.
Parnell was arrested on Monday after the school district said she posted on Facebook that her son was being bullied at school because of his race.
The message was sent to a friend who had also posted the message.
The friend said the school did not find out about the threat until after school, when they were called to a classroom.
The sheriff’s office said the teacher allegedly posted the threat in a class and said she wanted to tell her son what was going on, but was later told it was not a threat.
Her son, who was in a classroom at the time, was not present at the school when the threat was made, the sheriff’s statement said, adding that the child’s parents were not notified.
The school district also said it was cooperating with authorities.
A Facebook post that was later deleted by the school said Parn was “on leave for a period of time and was no longer enrolled at the Rutherford school.
It was not immediately clear if Parn had a lawyer.
Pernell is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.