Mom of Mason student accused of posting threat against another student

Suspect previously spoke with WCPO about bullying
Police: Mason mom accused of threatening student
Posted at 10:07 AM, Sep 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-28 19:13:13-04

MASON, Ohio -- Police arrested the mother of a Mason City Schools student Thursday. The woman is accused of threatening physical violence against another student, according to a release from the city.

The parent, Leanne Fischer, is charged with menacing in Warren County. The threat was made against a student at Western Row Elementary via a video posted on social media, police said.

In an interview with WCPO, Fischer said that her son is being bullied at Western Row Elementary School. She said a couple of days ago, she learned that her son took her Taser to school. 

"I was hurt, my heart hurt," Fischer said. "As a parent sometimes we do things out of anger when our kids are hurt. My kid has been hurt."

She said her son was punched in the stomach and that he feels hopeless, and that rage made her record a threatening message on Instagram toward the other student.

"I said something along the lines of 'I was going to beat the kid up,'" Fischer said. "I did say that and I'm not condoning my actions at all, but it was said in anger. I would never in my life hurt a kid."

It was a middle school student who saw Fischer's video and reported it to her school counselor.

"Immediately our middle school administration connected with our Western Row administration began investigating and pulled in the city of Mason's Campus Safety Team," Tracey Carson, a spokeswoman for Mason Schools, said. "They recognized that there was what they viewed as a significant disturbing threat and the police were able to arrest the parent who was making the threat."

WCPO interviewed Fischer in 2017 after the district notified her about threats sent to another of her children her then 13-year-old daughter, a student at Mason Middle School.

District spokesperson Tracey Carson told WCPO that assistant principals found out about threatening messages sent over the Snapchat app, and started calling parents right away. At the time, Mason schools had just updated its own bullying policy.

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In the meantime Fischer says her son was suspended for bringing the TASER to school and she, herself, is scheduled to be arraigned on one count of menacing at 9 a.m. on Oct. 1.