Teacher talks about safety after Florida school shooting, is told to get psych exam, go on leave

Fox News | 2/27/2018 | Todd Starnes
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By nearly every account Timothy Locke is one of the most beloved teachers in the Cherry Hill, N.J., school district.

Locke is a veteran of the Iraq war and for the past 17 years he’s flavored his classroom lessons at Cherry Hill East High School with real-life experiences.

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But on Feb. 22, the veteran school teacher was summoned to the principal’s office where his bag was searched, he was placed on administrative leave and was ordered to undergo a physical and a psychiatric evaluation.

Parents - Students - Locke - Crime - Concerns

According to parents and students Locke’s only crime was to address his concerns about school safety with youngsters in his Advanced Placement History class. The teacher feared a similar attack could happen at Cherry Hill East.

According to parents and students Locke’s only crime was to address his concerns about school safety with youngsters in his Advanced Placement History class. The teacher feared a similar attack could happen at Cherry Hill East.

Course - Conversation - Students - Something - Parkland

“During the course of the conversation he indicated that he would protect his students if something like (Parkland, Florida) happened here,” ." “He was raising safety concerns about the school with the students. And the intent of his statement (was that) he would protect his students at all costs.”

Imagine that, folks. An Iraq war veteran reassured his students that if someone tried to attack the school, he'd be there to protect them. That’s a good thing, right?

Leadership - Cherry - Hill - East - Student

Well, the leadership at Cherry Hill East felt otherwise after a student in the classroom complained.

The school district refuses to comment on what was said or why Locke was placed on administrative leave. Locke, too, has stopped talking on the advice of his attorney.

But before that happened he...
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