An ongoing investigation could yield charges against McQueen, who was released from jail after posting a $15,000 bond.
McQueen has been teaching for over 18 years, according to his bio on Heritage Elementary's website. "I am a native of Alabama, a husband and a father," he wrote. "I am active in my church and community. I enjoy carpentry, four-wheeling, jet skis, gardening, the ocean and hanging out with my children."
Dr. Dee Fowler, superintendent of Madison City Schools, sent a letter to parents on Thursday:
"I know many of you have been following the news story about a shooting that took place last night in Harvest. The alleged shooter is Dr. Fitzgerald McQueen, a fifth-grade teacher at Heritage.
We have been in contact with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. They informed us that Dr. McQueen has been charged with first-degree assault. The sheriff’s office is working with the Madison County District Attorney’s Office and there is an ongoing investigation. Since this is an active investigation, I cannot comment on this terrible situation except to say that Dr. McQueen has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Short-term solutions for Dr. McQueen’s classes have been set into motion and long-term plans are being made. Dr. (Georgina) Nelson, the principal at Heritage, is committed to providing the best solution to these challenges and working to ensure that there are no gaps in teaching and learning. She will be sending an email to the parents of Heritage Elementary School students later today.
This is a very sad event. As always, we remain committed to serving our students."