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Cafeteria worker at King Philip Middle School pleads not guilty to threatening co-worker with gun

A cafeteria worker from a Norfolk middle school pleaded not guilty in Wrentham District Court today after she allegedly threatened a co-worker with a gun, police said.

Wendy Ferris, 46, of Cumberland, R.I., is being charged with one count of threatening to commit a crime. She was arrested Friday evening after she allegedly threatened another employee at King Philip Middle School that afternoon.

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Ferris was hired as a cook at the school in August 2012, according to minutes from a School Committee meeting.

Cumberland police arrested Ferris in her home and held her in Rhode Island until this afternoon, when she was transported to Massachusetts for her arraignment.

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Judge Robert Harbour set bail at $5,000 cash and ordered Ferris to stay away from school staff and the school.

She is to return to court on March 11.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp
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