Prince Tech teacher wasn't about to let harm come to students du - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Prince Tech teacher wasn't about to let harm come to students during Thursday's threat

Posted: Updated:
Teacher Paula Butterfield was ready to defend her classroom during yesterday's hoax threat at Prince Tech. (Camani Bell/iWitness photo) Teacher Paula Butterfield was ready to defend her classroom during yesterday's hoax threat at Prince Tech. (Camani Bell/iWitness photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Parents are commending a teacher for her actions during what turned out to be a hoax threat Thursday at a high school in Hartford.

Paula Butterfield, a science teacher at A.I. Prince Technical High School, was caught on camera wielding what appeared to be a yard stick and preparing to strike anyone that entered her classroom.

"The safety of our students is always our top priority," said Dr. Nivea Torres, superintendent of the Connecticut Technical High School System. "The example of Mrs. Butterfield demonstrates the commitment of all Prince Tech educators and how seriously we take that responsibility. We are also very grateful for our partners with the state police who responded quickly and determined that there was not a threat."

Prince Tech was locked down on Thursday after a student posted an anonymous threat using a social media app called After School, according to state police.

The threat referenced shooting up the school.

The SWAT team and officers armed with rifles arrived on the scene and swept through the building.

Investigators learned that the threat was a hoax and deemed all students to be safe.

That student was eventually identified and detained, troopers said.

However, the whole incident made for some tense moments inside the school.

Miguel Martinez, a senior, said other teachers also prepared to protect their students.

"To a certain point it was very stressful. But at the same time, my shop teacher, he was very helpful with the situation and had everything under control but it was a scary event," said Martinez.

A student caught Butterfield's actions of camera.

The video was sent to Eyewitness News by Camani Bell.

Eyewitness News will have more on this story tonight starting at 5 p.m.

Copyright 2016 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.