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Kent mother allegedly threatens school shooting at Davey Elementary

By Thomas Gallick | Staff Writer Published: February 6, 2013 4:00 AM
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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.

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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.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1126 or tgallick@recordpub.com

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ken33 Aug 10, 2013 1:06 AM

So I just found out about this. Look, I know Rachiel. I dated her for almost 3 years starting back in 2007 and she is not crazy!!! She loves her son very much! She would do anything for him. The fact someone can say she's crazy has no idea what he/she is talking about. Yes, her son has special needs and I, who used to be part of his life for almost 3 years, knows this first hand. I agree she should not have threatened to bring a gun to the school. She was wrong for saying that. She went about all of that the wrong way. But to judge her from this is wrong. For you all to sit there and judge this woman, when you have no idea what she has to deal with on a dialy basis as a parent who has a son with autism is wrong. You all have no right! Yea you can say you're a teacher of children with autism and you have a family member with it, but until you live day in and day out with someone who has it, you have no idea what it's like. So before you pass judgement down on her, reflect on yourself first and your beliefs, because I'm sure none of you know what she's going through right now!! 

anonymous Feb 13, 2013 7:59 PM

I know this person quite well. She's not crazy. She has a very autistic child and has received inadequate services in Portage County and has been trying to get her son into a school that specializes in autism instead of generic special ed classes. The school just does not want to fund it. I remember when her child attended West Main Elementary in Ravenna for a short period of time. They called the police on her 9 year old son for having a melt down and did not tell the police he had autism. That school should be ashamed of themselves. Dr. Grant(West Main Principal) should definitely be embarrassed. I have not seen an updated report about how the felony was dropped and how the teacher stated on the stand that this mom did not threaten her nor the school. I guess every body loves exaggerated drama, and truth just doesn't matter.

anonymous Feb 10, 2013 8:52 PM

I know this person. Shes crazy as heck and dont doubt she threatened to use a gun. Not the first time shes threatned or made threats to school officials. SHES BEEN KICKED OUT OF OTHER SYSTEMS FOR BEHAVIOR. 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. She deserves jail time!

anonymous Feb 7, 2013 8:02 AM

There probably is a lot more to this story. Sounds like mom is exhausted (but that still is not an excuse to threaten other children). What, exactly, is 'reform school' when it comes to a 10-year-old?

anonymous Feb 6, 2013 6:49 PM

Why don't you report the whole story that the school is trying to put her son in reform school he is only 10 and is Autistic what the teacher reported was not true and this only one more step for them to try to remove the 10 year old Autistic child from there school she stood up for her son and refused to allow it to happen and had words with the teacher but nothing like as reported if the teacher felt so threatened by her why did she wait till the next day to report it i can tell you why because it isn't true!!!!!!

anonymous Feb 6, 2013 10:35 AM

"the teacher wanted to talk with school officials before contacting the authorities" ? Where were these officials noon Thursday? Did the teacher try to contact anyone? I feel the nation has reacted with paranoia to Sandy Hook but to have someone cite Sandy Hook while making a threat and then the teacher sitting on that threat overnight is without excuse. >>>> "(Gauntner) voiced her discontent with the education her son is receiving". It would be interesting to know what the discontent was over, perchance her son was being taught science and not a religious doctrine?

anonymous Feb 6, 2013 6:56 AM

A threat like this wasn't reported for almost 24 hours? Great job Kent schools! This teacher should be fired! This nut job could've come back to the school the next morning and made her threat a reality! In this day and age, you don't wait to act on a threat like this! Good job crazy Joe on keeping our children safe! I know I WILL vote for the next levy!

S. Harrison, Kent, OH