UPDATE: Woman taken into custody after school threat

Rosie Mullaley rmullaley@thetelegram.com
Published on June 10, 2014
Nancy Harte is escorted into provincial court today by a sheriff's officer. — Photo by Rosie Mullaley/The Telegram

Nancy Harte returned to provincial court this afternoon following her psychiatric assessment, having been found mentally fit to stand trial.

Harte was remanded into custody and is due back in court June 25.

She was arrested Monday afternoon after allegedly calling the police and threatening to kill schoolchildren. She has a lengthy criminal history.

Because of its proximity to where that call was made, Bishop Feild Elementary in downtown St. John’s was closed for the day and the students sent home with parents and guardians. No one was injured.

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Earlier story

Woman charged with school threat sent for psych assessment

The woman believed to have been responsible for causing a scare at a St. John’s elementary school Monday didn’t threaten that school directly, The Telegram has learned.

Nancy Harte reportedly phoned the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and threatened to kill school children. She didn’t specify a school, but due to her proximity to Bishop Feild Elementary — determined by officers using caller ID — the police chose to alert the school as a precautionary measure.

Parents and guardians of students at the downtown St. John’s school were asked to pick up their children after the threat was received.

Meanwhile classroom instruction could continue but movements within the school were restricted. It was not the same situation as lockdown mode, which is implemented when there is a known internal threat.

Harte appeared in provincial court in St. John’s this morning. She said nothing as she walked past reporters outside Courtroom No. 7 or in the courtroom as Judge Pamela Goulding read the charges — uttering threats and mischief relating to property.

Lawyers agreed to send Harte for a lunch-hour assessment. She’s due back in court this afternoon.

The 49-year-old has a lengthy criminal record — 11 pages long. It includes three convictions for sexual assault, uttering threats, making false fire alarm, arson, break and enter, assault with a weapon, assault, assaulting a peace officer, causing a disturbance, mischief relating to property and court breaches.

In 2001, Harte was given a 40-month jail term for sexual assault.

Her most recent conviction was in January 2011 for uttering threats and breaching a long-term offenders order.

 

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