Monday, March 4, 2013
Rachel A. Gauntner, who allegedly threatened to bring a gun to Davey Elementary, claims she is innocent.
Rachel A. Gauntner pled not guilty to aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, in Portage County Municipal Court on Feb. 28. The charge stems from a Jan. 31 incident where Gauntner, 33, of Kent, allegedly threatened to bring a gun to Davey Elementary School, according to Kent Police Lt. Jim Prusha. Police initially charged Gauntner with felony menacing, but that charge was reduced to a misdemeanor during a Feb. 11 hearing. Despite prosecuting her on a lesser charge, the court has prohibited Gauntner from stepping onto Davey Elementary grounds and banned her from any contact with students. The same restrictions apply to Children's Advantage Counseling and Mental Health Center in Ravenna. Gauntner will appear before Portage County …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Rachel A. Gauntner, who allegedly threatened to bring a gun to Davey Elementary, now faces a misdemeanor aggravated menacing charge.
The aggravated menacing charge brought against Rachel A. Gauntner has been reduced from a fifth-degree felony to a first-degree misdemeanor, according to the Portage County Clerk of Courts Office. The felony dismissal came when Gauntner appeared before Judge Barbara Oswick in Portage County Municipal Court on Feb. 11. in a previous ruling, Oswick also prohibited Gauntner, 33, of Kent, from stepping on Davey Elementary grounds and banned her from any contact with students. The same restrictions apply to Children's Advantage Counseling and Mental Health Center in Ravenna, Oswick 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 will…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Tell us if you think Kent City Schools administrators acted responsibly or should have responded differently.
Many parents of Davey Elementary students are not pleased with the way Kent City Schools administrators handled a recent threat of a public shooting at the school. The Davey Parent Teacher Organization held a meeting to discuss the issue and the district's response Wednesday. A teacher and parent overhead the threat, but it was not reported until the following day and many parents did not find out until it was reported by local media — days later. Some parents vented their frustrations on social media and were clearly upset over not being notified immediately about the threat. Read more about what parents had to say. Take our poll and tell us what you think.
Monday, July 23, 2012
About 65 soon-to-be kindergarteners honed safety skills at week-long school run by Kent Junior Mothers.
Numerous graduation exercises are staged each year in Kent, but none are quite as adorable as the ceremony that marks the end of Kent Junior Mothers’ Safety School. Commencement was held Friday at Walls Elementary School for about 65 soon-to-be-kindergarteners who spent the week learning vital safety skills regarding stranger awareness, guns, bicycles, buses, cars, water, weather, railroads, fire, playgrounds and more. The youngsters sported T-shirts in colors representing the elementary schools they will attend this fall: green for Davey, orange for Longcoy, red for Franklin, blue for Walls and Holden and yellow for St. Patrick's School/CDC. Kent Police officers and Kent Fire paramedics/firefighters were among the guest speakers to share …