BY RYAN BROUSSARD
Advocate staff writer
January 15, 2013
Sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday arrested a Baton Rouge woman accused of making threatening remarks, including referencing the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., to fifth-graders and a teacher after her child was bullied.
While she was checking her child into Magnolia Woods Elementary School at noon Tuesday, Donna Wilson learned that her child was a victim of bullying on Monday, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said.
School officials told Wilson that they handled the incident and had counseled students about teasing the child, Hicks said.
Wilson later walked her child to the child’s classroom, confronted the teacher about the bullying and asked the students if they remembered the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, Hicks said.
According to an affidavit, Wilson said that if the bullying continued, then her “husband would be coming back and they didn’t want him coming to the school” and if he came to the school, then that would be “the day they are going to have to shut the school down.”
Officials escorted Wilson from the classroom and she left the campus at 760 Maxine Drive, Hicks said.
School authorities contacted the Sheriff’s Office and placed the school on “Hold and Secure” as a precaution, Hicks said.
Hicks said detectives found Wilson at her house, where they arrested her.
Wilson told detectives she made the remarks so the children would understand bullying, and she apologized for referencing the Connecticut school shooting, Hicks said.
Sonya A. Gordon, a spokeswoman for the parish school system, said in an email that “Hold and Secure” means students are secured in the classrooms, hallways are cleared and exterior and classroom doors are locked until school officials and deputies give the “all-clear” signal.
Gordon said the school system might release a statement about Tuesday’s incident at a later date.
She said school officials will send a letter to families of all students at Magnolia Woods referencing Tuesday’s disturbance, but none was posted on the district’s website or the school’s website.
Gordon did not give The Advocate a copy of the letter.
Attempts to contact Magnolia Woods Principal Donna Wallette were unsuccessful.
This is the first arrest in East Baton Rouge Parish by sheriff’s deputies of someone making threatening statements toward a school or students since the Connecticut school shooting, Hicks said.
Wilson, 2575 Gardere Lane, Lot 88, was booked into Parish Prison on one count of terrorizing, Hicks said.