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Hickory Elementary School in Halfway locked down after assault

According to sheriff's office, a parent reportedly tried to force her way into the school

April 14, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Delores Thornton
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Hickory Elementary School in Halfway was placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon after the school's principal and a teacher were assaulted, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office and a Washington County Public Schools spokesman.

The sheriff's deputies were called to the school for the assault at 3 p.m., a sheriff's office news release said.

Before deputies arrived, a parent reportedly tried to force her way into the school, allegedly assaulting Principal Amy Norris and teacher Jerri McNew, the release said.

Delores Thornton, 44, of 17403 Fair Oaks Court, Hagerstown, was charged with two counts of second-degree assault and disturbing school operations, the release said.

Thornton was being held in a central-booking facility at the Washington County Detention Center after she was charged, a jail spokesman said.

The school at 11101 Hickory School Road was locked down for a brief period after the incident,  school system spokesman Richard Wright said.

During a lockdown, no one is allowed in or out of a school building, Wright said.

After the incident occurred, the school system sent out an alert to parents with children at the school informing them of what had happened, Wright said.

The alert is part of a service for parents or other people associated with a child at the school, Wright said. Through the service, the alerts can be sent to home telephones or cell phones, he said.

Thursday's alert briefly described the incident and that it slightly delayed dismissal from school, Wright said.

Wright said he could not provide any further details about the assault.

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