A Kent woman is facing an aggravated menacing charge after she allegedly threatened to bring a gun to Davey Elementary School and commit an act of violence last week.
Lt. James Prusha said Kent police officers arrested Rachiel A. Gauntner, 33, of 260 Spaulding Drive, on Friday, the day after she allegedly made the threat to a teacher at the Prospect Street elementary school.
Prusha said two witnesses allegedly heard Gauntner make a threat about bringing a weapon to the school Thursday afternoon.
"(Gauntner) voiced her discontent with the education her son is receiving, at which time she made a threat to a teacher there with another teacher present as a witness, and even referred to the Sandy Hook Elementary (shooting) in her threat," Prusha said.
A gunman killed 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14 before committing suicide.
Prusha said Gauntner denied she made a threat, and allowed Kent police officers to search her residence for weapons.
"That was a big concern," Prusha said. "She actually gave us consent to search her apartment and there were no weapons in the apartment."
Gauntner allegedly made the threat around noon Thursday, but the teacher who reported it did not call the police until 9 a.m. the next morning.
Prusha said the responding Kent police officer asked the teacher why she waited until the next day to report the incident and was told the teacher wanted to talk with school officials before contacting the authorities.
Joe Giancola, superintendent of Kent School District, said teachers in the district are given flexibility on how and when they handle incidents involving parents. He said the teacher who reported the threat handled the situation properly.
Giancola said school officials have not and do not have plans to take steps to increase security at Davey Elementary following the alleged threat. He said the matter has been turned over to the Kent Police Department.
"This was just a situation of a parent who was disgruntled on a classroom matter and said things that should not have been said," Giancola said.
As of Tuesday, Gauntner is being held in Portage County jail on a $25,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear before Judge Barbara Oswick Friday.
According to court records, Gauntner has no criminal record in Portage County except for traffic offenses.
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