The statement, which was released on Friday, states "Earlier this week, the Department was informed of a situation regarding student safety at a school in Hernando County."
It continues: "Upon the Department bringing the concern to the Superintendent Wednesday evening, only then did the district remove the teacher from school, effective yesterday, Thursday, April 13. Therefore, the teacher is no longer at the school."
Multiple concerned parents have reached out to FOX 13 with similar accounts of a teacher who allegedly made troubling remarks about harming students and themselves.
The school district stated that the comments were made out of frustration with student behavior, but refused to disclose the exact nature of the remarks, leading to tensions between parents and the school board.
The incident was reported on March 24 when a school resource officer was called to investigate reports from Assistant Principal Kerry Thornton and Guidance Counselor Kimberly Walby, who claimed that a teacher had made statements about harming themselves and potentially shooting students.
According to a report obtained by Moms for Liberty Hernando County, Thornton had visited the classroom of teacher Ashlee Renczkowski and inquired about her well-being, to which Renczkowski responded that she was "not good" and was having bad thoughts.
After being alerted, Walby accompanied Renczkowski to her office where the teacher explained that she had discovered a social media post that was making derogatory comments about her sexual orientation and that of her wife, who also taught at the school.
Renczkowski disclosed to Thornton that she sometimes had suicidal thoughts and that there were three handguns at her home, but assured the resource officer that she had no intention of harming students.
This is a breaking news article and will be updated.
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