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

Linda UmBayemake February 10, 2013 at 06:00 PM
I will offer my services at no cost to Ms. Gaunter at any time that is convenient to her. She can email me at yrright2know@gmail.com. When you have a child with special needs the stress can be over whelming. At times it seems educators blow you off but I can show you how to correct that.
Anonymously telling the truth February 11, 2013 at 12:55 AM
You dont know the entire story! She has pulled this at numerous schools.
Nick D'Angelo, Sr. February 11, 2013 at 03:28 PM
She should be banned from being within ANY schools. She is obviously crazy AND stupid and the fact that she can continue to get away with such threats is an outrage! No one should EVER think that we will EVER tolerate them making such threats against OUR children and their school.
Linda UmBayemake February 12, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Do you know the whole story of the young man who shot down all those innocent children. I don't think so. But if he had gotten the help he needed when he was young what happened when he was older might have been avoided. Since no one can answer that, this young lady should be offered assistance. NOT name calling especially if it is true this has been done before. Does your spirituality only come out to help those that have been hurt or should'nt you help those that may be crying for help?
Anonymously telling the truth February 13, 2013 at 06:42 AM
as far as that situation no I do not however I know about this one. I know her I am ashamed to say it now but I am friends with her. thats what I meant about you donot know the whole story. shes done this numerous times because she doesnt like what she hears. she flips out on the school on the drs etc.... shes been offered help and told by so many proffesionals her son needs more of a structured setting and she refuses to listen. shes been offered help so dont come at me like you know the situation when you dont know. i dont blame the son for her bad parenting. Shes the problem.
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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