Woman sentenced to 2 years in school threats incident

A 33-year-old Baton Rouge woman was sentenced to two years in prison Friday for making threats against truancy officers and Delmont Elementary School just four days after the Dec. 14 massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.

Mayumta A. Kent went to Delmont for a teacher’s conference on Dec. 18 and was told she needed a written excuse for the consistent days of absence by her children. She also was informed that further unexcused absences would result in a truancy officer going to her residence, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

“The defendant became verbally loud and exclaimed to the school clerk that if any police came to her residence that she would blow their (expletive) heads off, then return to Delmont Elementary School and blow everybody’s (expletive) brains out!” the affidavit states.

State District Judge Richard Anderson originally sentenced Kent to seven years in prison, but he suspended all but two of those years and put her on active supervised probation for three years after her release.

Kent has been jailed since her Dec. 18 arrest. The judge gave her credit for the time she has served.

Kent, who denied making some of statements attributed to her, also must undergo a mental health evaluation and take an anger management course. The judge said Kent has medical issues and takes medication.

“When I went to that school, I did not have a weapon and no one got hurt,” Kent told the judge after he imposed the sentence. “I’m deeply sorry for the way I handled things. I’m a mother and I love my children.

“I never will try to kill anybody. I never meant that. A lot of people say things when they’re angry.”

Anderson suggested Kent start thinking before she speaks.

“When you talk, people hear what you say, not what you think,” he said.

Kent, who was born and raised in New Orleans, pleaded guilty in March to a charge of terrorizing. She faced up to 15 years in prison.

Kent’s arrest came four days after a 20-year-old gunman killed 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Anderson noted that fact during Kent’s sentencing.