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Rowan school back to normal after lockdown

It was back to normal Friday for a Rowan County elementary school and two of the system’s central offices, which were on lockdown Thursday.

The lockdown came after China Grove police charged a veteran teacher with misdemeanor assault on a child younger than 12. Rebecca Wilson Daniel, 51, was charged by police at her home Thursday morning, according to authorities.

The charge involves an event that took place at China Grove Elementary School, where Daniel is a first-grade teacher, according to multiple reports.

China Grove police said the lockdown at the elementary school – and at two of the Rowan-Salisbury Schools’ five offices – resulted from “a disgruntled employee.” The lockdown was lifted Friday.

Daniel has been on the China Grove Elementary staff for 17 years and has been teaching in Rowan County for 26 years.

Rita Foil, a spokeswoman for the Rowan-Salisbury Schools, said China Grove Elementary was on a “Code Yellow” lockdown, which meant students were not permitted to leave the building and there were no outdoor activities.

“The doors at all of our elementary schools are always locked from the outside,” Foil said, adding that admittance is by buzzer. “We’re trying to keep our schools as safe as possible.”

“In a Code Yellow situation,” she added, “we go into a heightened awareness.”

Rowan-Salisbury Schools officials are not discussing specifics of the case, but Foil said Daniel has been suspended with pay.

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