Staten Island Mom Allegedly Threatens To Blow Up School Because Teen Daughter Flunked Regents Exam


Karen Shearon threatened to blow up the school where her daughter is a student, after she failed a Regents exam, required for graduation.

Susan Wagner High School is located on Staten Island in New York. Approximately 3,000 students are currently enrolled at the public institution, operated by the New York City Department of Education.  

"Students are required to pass Regents exams in five core subjects to graduate high school in New York," according to the NY Daily News.

A guidance counselor from the school claims they called the 48 year old parent, on February 3, to inform her of her daughter's exam failure.

The woman allegedly told the school official "I am going to blow up the school."

Police arrested the Staten Island resident for aggravated harassment two days after the phone call. Some reports say she placed the call, during which the threat was made.

Shearon told police she did receive a phone call from the counselor, on her cell phone, but denies making such a threat.

At her arraignment on February 6 in Stapleton Criminal Court, the temperamental parent pleaded not guilty to the charge.

"I never made such a phone call. If I was so dangerous and I said such a threat like that, wouldn't you evacuate the school?" Shearon told reporters after her court appearance.

Shearon has two children, aged 15 and 17, at the school, as well as a seven-year-old child.

The defendant told the court a school representative called her several times while she was at work.

According to the Department of Education, school officials immediately contacted police following the threat. The police then conducted a brief investigation before arresting the woman.

The Bath School disaster on May 18, 1927 was the nation's worst school bombing, and greatest massacre, even to this day. Andrew Kehoe killed his wife and firebombed his own farm, before heading to Bath Consolidated School in Bath Townshiip, Michigan. There, he set off an explosion that killed 38 elementary school children, and injured 58 others. The attack was set off by Kehoe's anger over taxes, as well as a political defeat when he ran for township clerk. The 55-year-old spent a year planting explosives under his farm and the local school, plotting revenge.

"Safety and security of students and school staff is always [a] top priority," an anonymous school official told the press.

Shearon was released on $1,000 bail, and is currently considering legal action against the school. She is due to appear back in court on March 30.

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