The parent of a student at South Whidbey Elementary School South Campus is accused of threatening to shoot a teacher, according to court documents.
Deputies with the Island County Sheriff’s Office arrested the parent, 41-year-old Heather Ogden, at her home on Nov. 15.
Ogden appeared in Island County Superior Court Nov. 16 and the judge set her bail at $5,000. Prosecutors charged her Nov. 18 with felony harassment and resisting arrest.
According to a deputy’s report, a classified employee at the school reported on Nov. 15 that Ogden called her the night before because she was upset about her child “being locked out of the classroom,” the report states. Ogden allegedly told the school employee, who is also her relative, that she was going to go to the school and shoot the child’s teacher, according to the deputy’s report.
The report indicated that the teacher was emotional and nervous when told about the alleged threat, saying she “hoped it was Ogden spouting off again, but she was not willing to take that risk.”
The deputy and the Langley police chief went to Ogden’s house. She told the officers that she had threatened to “blow off” the head of the classified employee if she didn’t protect her child. The report indicates that she did not admit to threatening the teacher, just her relative.
Ogden allegedly pulled away from the officers as they tried to arrest her, the report states. She continued resisting as they forced her down on one knee and placed her in handcuffs, the report states. In front of the officers, Ogden allegedly told her child to call his father and tell him that the relative who turned her in was “dead, one way or another,” the report states.
The school district sent an email out to families and staff that explained all classrooms and doors at the impacted campus were locked and all campuses remained on perimeter lockout until the sheriff’s office “released the lockout.”
“Our staff work extremely hard for the best interests of all of our students,” the district email states. “Please have grace and use constructive dialogue (not threats) to discuss any issues you may have with your student’s academic plan.”