Toronto Sun

October 23, 1999

School death threat

Kid's mom confronts alleged bully

By CARMELINA PRETE -- Toronto Sun

Police say a Hamilton mom threatened to kill her son's bully in front of a classroom of students.

It's the second time this week a mother, looking to defend her son, has allegedly intimidated a boy on Hamilton school property.

ENTERED CLASSROOM

Police say a Grade 7 class was listening to O Canada on the intercom at R.A. Riddell elementary school Thursday morning when the mother marched up to a 12-year-old boy and threatened him.

"She said: 'If you ever touch my son again or do anything to hurt his feelings, I'm going to kill you and all your family,' " Sgt. Dennis Waddle of the Hamilton-Wentworth police said yesterday.

The teacher was not in the classroom at the time.

The stunned boy told his mom about the threat when he went home for lunch. The principal immediately called police.

A school board official says the boy and the woman's son may have had a dispute over the popular Pokemon trading cards.

'NO HISTORY'

"There was no history of bullying that we were aware of," said Jane Allison, spokesman for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.

"Anything like this causes us grave concern. I've never heard of an incident like this before."

Police expect to make an arrest soon in another more violent threat against a 12-year-old student at Our Lady of Lourdes School on Hamilton mountain.

Police say a mother in her 30s grabbed a 12-year-old boy on the school playground around noon Monday. She repeatedly shook him and threatened to kill him if he did not stay away from her son.

Police call the intimidation tactics by moms "stunning."

Sondra Morris, 43, of Hamilton, is charged with threatening death.

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