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NEVADA (CBSDFW.COM) – A McClendon Elementary School teacher was suspended after locking a student out of her classroom that was allegedly threatening to kill her.

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“He kept banging on the door and yelling at us,” said fourth grader Cheyenne Wilson. “I was worried but I wasn’t crying, most of the kids were crying.”

Parents have praised fourth grade teacher Judy Stough for protecting her students from the boy who reportedly has behavioral problems. But school district officials disagreed and placed her on administrative leave.

Parents such as Connie Wilson are baffled that Stough was suspended for escalating the incident when her students said it was the opposite.

“She handled it like she should have,” said another fourth grader.

Another teacher provided text messages to CBS 11 News from Stough while she was in the locked classroom waiting for help.

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One message read: “Scares the hell out of my kids. One about to pee her pants.”

Parents of as many as half of the students in the fourth grade class are keeping them home.

“I would just rather pay truancy and make sure she’s safe then send her to school and let her get hurt,” said Wilson.

Community ISD’s acting superintendent has scheduled a closed meeting Thursday evening with parents about the incident.

“We are aware of the threat but at no time were any students in danger. We take all comments seriously and will investigate them thoroughly,” he said.

Stough declined CBS 11’s request for an interview.

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