Sterling Elementary closed after employee's ex-husband threatens to kill her

- A CMS elementary school had to be closed after a man came to North Carolina alleging that he was going to kill his former wife, an employee at Sterling Elementary School.

The Kannapolis Police Department was made aware that Isaac James Burch, 37, had threatened to come to North Carolina to kill a Sterling Elementary School employee, his ex-wife. Kannapolis Police notified Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police of the situation.

CMPD located the suspect Monday evening at a hotel when officers recognized the truck he was driving in. Burch was arrested on a on a fugitive warrant from Michigan and transported to the Mecklenburg County jail. 

Sterling Elementary school was closed on Tuesday after reports of the "out-of-state" threat made last week were received. 

In a statement released on Monday, CMS said:

“The safety of students, staff and all school personnel is top priority. Out of an abundance of caution and after consultation with law enforcement authorities in an ongoing investigation, Sterling Elementary is closed on Tuesday, Oct 10 for all students, staff and personnel. We are unable to provide further details at this time as this is an active investigation and will provide an update to Sterling Elementary families and staff for the Wednesday schedule as soon as possible.”

CMS says Sterling Elementary will open on a normal schedule Wednesday, October 11 and they look forward to seeing all Sterling Elementary students, teachers and staff.

A statement released on Tuesday following Burch's arrest said, in part, 

"On the morning of October 10, law enforcement officials notified CMS that there is no continuing safety and security risk at Sterling Elementary. CMS cannot identify the staff member involved or provide further details on the nature of the domestic dispute in order to protect personnel privacy. CMS directs inquiries about the on-going investigation to local law enforcement in Michigan. Law enforcement has conducted a thorough check of Sterling Elementary buildings and grounds. Counseling and protective staff are in place at Sterling Elementary and ready to support any student, family member or staff seeking assistance."

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