UPDATE: Woman taken into custody after school threat

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

Nancy Harte is escorted into provincial court today by a sheriff's officer. — Photo by Rosie Mullaley/The Telegram

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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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.

 

rmullaley@the telegram.com

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  • darrell
    June 10, 2014 - 21:43

    She is nothing more than a waste of a good heartbeat.

  • Gillian
    June 10, 2014 - 16:02

    She had a record of doing all those things, and was in the general public....?

  • Gerald.
    June 10, 2014 - 14:54

    I am always puzzled by the number of persons with her kind of criminal record who are freely walking the streets of our cities and towns. Evidently this individual, (and others similar to her), has behaviour issues which have not been appropriately, nor adequately, dealt with. Should this person not be institutionalized, for however long it may be necessary, to normalize her adaptation to civil society, even if it means for a very long time? What is wrong here? Are police, care providers and the legal system not working together to keep this type of person off the streets?

  • Elaine
    June 10, 2014 - 13:20

    Obviously this woman has mental health problems, to make threats to hurt poor innocent children, she should be hospitalized in a mental institution where she can get the help she so desperately needs and requires.

  • Debbie
    June 10, 2014 - 12:30

    This woman is out free why?????? She should be in a prison or ward permanently!!