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School Shooting Threat Reported at Davey Elementary

Kent police say Rachel A. Gauntner was charged with aggravated menacing on Feb. 1 after threatening to bring a gun to the school.

A 33-year-old Kent woman is in jail and awaiting trial after allegedly threatening to bring a gun to Davey Elementary School last week.

According to Kent police, Rachel A. Gauntner issued the 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.

“I think I understand with her working in the school system that she might want to run it by some co-workers…but, personally, I guess if I was going to give advice to teachers I’d say report (threats) immediately,” said Prusha.

Kent Schools Superintendent Joe Giancola defended the teacher’s actions, and said she handled the threat properly as teachers are given flexibility on identifying and reporting threats, the Record Courier reports.

Gauntner was arrested Friday morning, and allowed police to search her residence.

No guns were found, said Prusha.

Gauntner was charged with aggravated menacing, a fifth-degree felony, and is being held in Portage County Jail. 

Her preliminary hearing is slated for Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. according to the Portage County Clerk of Courts Office. 

bobby ledford February 06, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Those teachers are stupid. Just because she mentioned sandy hook. She didnt say she was bringing a gun. Thats why they only charged her with agg. menacing. They just didnt want to face her because they wern't caring and teaching for her son the way they should. And I bet the police wont bother looking into the school about her claim.
Pat February 06, 2013 at 10:17 PM
I am amazed that Kent City Schools have not already trained their teachers on how to handle threats. The teacher waited a day before alerting the KPD - that parent could have been serious about shooting some at Davey and gone home and got her gun and came back. Is it going take a shooting in our city schools before the teachers are trained properly????
anonymous dude February 07, 2013 at 12:49 PM
I like how all these ignorant people comment and complain about the teacher when the teacher was the victim. Obviously the teacher handled the situation properly or the school administration would have taken action against her. I commend the teacher because this situation did not escalate. And as far as the school not teaching her son the way they should.... also doubtful. Perhaps they were trying to find a way to better suit his needs? I know school shootings are a reality but I think all these comments attacking the school and mainly teacher are ridiculous. Obviously we don't have all the facts or the complete story.
Tiffany Jones February 07, 2013 at 04:12 PM
How can you say the teachers are stupid? Were you present? What was her claim? Since when do police look into the level of education/teaching or "caring" a student receives? How do you allege Sandy Hook came up in this "innocent" conversation? Come on! People need to be culpable for their actions! Just because you are unhappy or feel as though you are being treated unfairly, does not mean you are free to threaten to harm another person.
Laurel Myers Hurst February 07, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Agreed! If the police are saying, "Threats should be reported immediately," why doesn't the training of teachers match that advice. Surely the police have the data on best practices regarding safety. No doubt, schools have the data on best practices regarding education, but they should defer to the experts in this case.
Anonymously telling the truth February 10, 2013 at 07:43 PM
I know this bitch. Shes crazy as fuck and dont doubt she threatened to use a gun. Shes moved her kid around always blaming the teachers and schools because she cant accept the fact that her child not only has autism but is bad. Knowing other autistic children never seen them with as bad as the behavior as she alows he son to have. Autism doesnt excuse bad parenting. Shes ovewhelemd and cant accept her child needs more of a disciplined setting. She blames everyone else including the teachers.
Traci Monroe February 10, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Why is this comment still here? It is a definite violation of terms.
Anonymously telling the truth February 11, 2013 at 12:50 AM
I know this person. Shes crazy as heck and dont doubt she threatened to use a gun. Shes moved her kid around always blaming the teachers and schools because she cant accept the fact that her child not only has autism but is bad. Knowing other autistic children never seen them with as bad as the behavior as she alows he son to have. Autism doesnt excuse bad parenting. Shes ovewhelemd and cant accept her child needs more of a disciplined setting. She blames everyone else including the teachers.
Mosella Sanders April 03, 2013 at 04:22 PM
This commit is STUPID how could you even dare say that... These are CHILDREN'S lives we are talking about. She lucky she only got charged with what she got charged with. My daughter goes to Davey and as a Mother I am pleased to hear they took action before something did happen. Because please believe she would rather the police take charge than me because my daughter is my life and I will do anything to keep her from harms way

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