Mother Banned From Davey Elementary Following Gun Threat

Rachel A. Gauntner, who allegedly threatened to bring a gun to Davey Elementary, appeared in Portage County Municipal Court Friday.

Rachel A. Gauntner appeared in Portage County Municipal Court on Friday after spending the last week in jail for allegedly threatening to bring a gun to Davey Elementary School. 

During the preliminary hearing, Judge Barbara Watson prohibited Gauntner, 33, of Kent, from stepping on Davey's grounds and banned her from any contact with students, according to the Portage County Municipal Clerk of Courts Office. 

The same restrictions apply to Children's Advantage Counseling and Mental Health Center in Ravenna, Watson ordered. 

Gauntner was released on her own recognizance, and will remain out of jail, for the time being, so long as the court's conditions are met. 

Gauntner is charged with aggravated menacing, a fifth-degree felony, and is set to appear before Watson again at 8:15 a.m. Feb. 11.

Alleged school shooting threat

According to Kent police, Gauntner issued a violent threat on Jan. 31 while airing criticisms to a teacher about the level of education her special needs son was receiving.

The teacher and another eyewitness reported Gauntner even referenced the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, said Kent Police Lt. Jim Prusha. 

However, the teacher waited until the next morning (Feb. 1) to report the threat, saying she wanted to check with the school’s administration on how to proceed.

That decision, coupled with a lack of communication from the Kent City Schools about the incident, outraged parents who took to Patch's comment boards and aired their frustrations.  

Gauntner was arrested on Feb. 1, and allowed police to search her residence.

No guns were found.

Read on: 

Davey Shooting Threat Causes District to Address Communication

Derp Spotter February 13, 2013 at 02:12 PM
"Do you know the whole story of the young man who shot down all those innocent children." Irre-FREAKING-relevant. WHy don't YOU contact this woman directly since her name is posted on here. And how DARE you even play the Sandy Hook card here. It's not even relevant. Which really shows how "professional" you really are (as if your "gmail" address didn't tell that already).
Teresa K. February 13, 2013 at 03:24 PM
linda: very kind of you and I hope she takes you up on your offer to help.
Teresa K. February 13, 2013 at 03:30 PM
anonymously telling: could you tell us what kind of "structured setting" she has been told would help her child? as for her bad parenting, is the childs father in the picture to help share the stress and help in decision making?
Teresa K. February 13, 2013 at 03:32 PM
linda: i agree.... the name calling is unacceptable.
Linda UmBayemake February 13, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Anonymously, I apologize if you think I was coming at you. I was not. I will never know the situation until I talk to the young lady and listen to those around her. She has a problem and needs help. You take care.


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