Would-be killer looms overhead, parents say school never closed

- School officials said Sterling Elementary School is ready to reopen Wednesday for classes, but some parents are angry the elementary school remained open both Friday and Monday after being made aware that a school employee was being threatened by her ex-husband.

Police arrested Isaac Burch for threatening to come to North Carolina and kill his ex-wife, a woman who teaches at Sterling Elementary in Pineville.

CMPD said they found Burch at a hotel in north Charlotte on Monday. He was booked in the Mecklenburg County jail late Monday night.

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In a statement, CMS said they closed Sterling Elementary this Tuesday “out of an abundance of caution.”

But one parent who wanted to remain anonymous said she's angry they didn't close the school on Thursday when they received the threat.

"I’m pissed because it's ridiculous. If it was that serious why didn't they take it that serious on Thursday when it happened instead of here, it is five days later," she said.

CMS said they had extra police on campus both Friday and Monday and kept the students indoors, but it wasn't until Monday afternoon that they received more information that there was a higher risk, moving them to close the school on Tuesday.

CMS said Sterling will reopen its doors on Wednesday. Police checked the school campus and said there is no longer a threat, but another mom said the school district should have given out more information about the threat to her children.

"We need more information about what's going on. So we know. We're scared for the kids. There's a lot of kids in there and we don't want something to happen to them. They should be more specific about what's going on," parent Gabriela Salas said. 

Police tell FOX 46 Charlotte that Burch will be taken back to Michigan to face charges.

CMPS, Kannapolis Police, and Michigan law enforcement all worked together to get him off the streets and keep everyone at sterling elementary safe.

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