Comments by a Harding High School employee caused a brief lockdown of the school Wednesday after the man threatened to kill "white people."
Carl Lemon, 63, an in-school suspension coordinator, was charged with second-degree threatening and breach of peace after another teacher reported threatening statements made by Lemon, said officials with the Bridgeport Police.
School Principal, Dane Brown, told officers that the other teacher was very concerned about Lemon's statements, including "I will kill every white man I get my hands on," and that he had made these same types of statements in the past.
The school's assistant principal, Kathryn Silver also received a note in her school mailbox that said: "Mr. Lemon talks about shooting whites a lot! He is waiting for the Panthers to tell him to execute. He steps on an American flag and disrespects us. Check his computer. He watches radical stuff during class. I am scared he will do something. He told a teacher that he does not like the principals and he will take them out. He is crazy."
After interviews and reading the note, officers asked for a school lockdown in order to take Lemon into custody, police said.
When officers went to Lemon's classroom and told him he was under arrest, he began to pace around and around his desk. He then opened and closed desk draws several times. Officers said he seemed to very frustrated, and then began moving things on his desk as though trying to hide things.
After a few minutes, Lemons agreed to walk out of the building to be arrested and he was allowed to do so without handcuffs. Once outside, he was handcuffed and transported to the police station.
The officer returned to the school to find out what was on his desk. Police found a white plastic bag with a large black kitchen knife, in addition to various papers and journals. His computer was also removed for review by professionals.
The school was on lockdown for about 10 minutes and no students were in the hall as Lemon was escorted from the building.
He was later released on $5,000 bond.
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