A carpentry instructor at Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School discussed shooting two school administrative officials following a dispute over student discipline, Silver Spring Township Police say.
Justin Carl Anderson, 46, of Saint Thomas, was charged with terroristic threats and harassment following the Sept. 10 incident. He has been placed on paid administrative leave, Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School Administrative Director Justin Bruhn said.
“We are aware of the charges. The safety of our students is of utmost concern, and students were never in danger,” Bruhn said.
Anderson was unhappy after a meeting with administrative officials about discipline for one of his students, according to an affidavit of probable cause from Officer Joseph Bailey.
At the end of the school day, another teacher allegedly heard him say, “I should just bring a gun to school and I’ll start with (one administrator), I’ll scare him then go to (another administrator’s) room and shoot him first. I’ll go back and shoot (the first administrator) and whoever else.”
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The teacher told Bailey she was concerned about the statement because she knew Anderson had access to guns.
Anderson told police he was upset because he wanted to discipline a student, but the school wasn’t going to do anything about the student’s behavior, according to the affidavit. “He said that he didn’t remember saying the threats but he could have said them,” Bailey wrote. He also told police he had guns and a concealed carry permit.
Anderson was arrested and arraigned at 1 p.m. Sept. 11 by Magisterial District Judge Kathryn H. Silcox, according to court documents. He was confined to Cumberland County Prison and was unable to post $20,000 monetary bail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 25 in front of Silcox.
Anderson is the school’s carpentry instructor for first-year students and has been working at the school for five years, according to the school’s website. Bruhn said he could not make any additional comments because the incident involves a confidential personnel matter.