Falls mom charged in threat to prin­ci­pal

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Aaron Besecker NEWS STAFF RE­PORTER

A Ni­a­gara Falls mother faces mis­de­meanor charges after a meet­ing be­tween a teacher, the school prin­ci­pal and a stu­dent’s par­ents went awry Wed­nes­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port.

Dur­ing the meet­ing at Henry J. Kal­fas Mag­net El­e­men­tary School, the mother was un­happy about how she thought the teacher was treat­ing her son, Prin­ci­pal Italo J. Bal­das­sarre told po­lice.

“The meet­ing quickly de­te­ri­o­rated,” an of­fi­cer wrote in the re­port.

The mother, iden­ti­fied in the re­port as Laquonda T. Crit­ten­den Howard, be­gan shout­ing ob­scen­i­ties. The prin­ci­pal ended the meet­ing and told Crit­ten­den Howard to leave the Beech Av­enue school.

She re­fused to leave and con­tin­ued shout­ing, so po­lice were called, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

At one point, Crit­ten­den Howard “be­came ag­gres­sive” to­wards Bal­das­sarre, and the stu­dent’s fa­ther had to hold her back, the of­fi­cer wrote in the re­port.

Crit­ten­den Howard, of North Av­enue, then walked into an area of the school where par­ents were not al­lowed, a re­stric­tion noted by sig­nage in the area, po­lice were told.

She got her child out of his class­room, and the stu­dent’s fa­ther even­tu­ally was able to get Crit­ten­den Howard to leave the build­ing.

At one point, she also threat­ened to “body slam” the prin­ci­pal, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Bal­das­sarre told po­lice the wo­man has tried to at­tack him in the past.

Crit­ten­den Howard, 28, was charged with third-de­gree men­ac­ing and crim­i­nal tres­pass­ing.

She also was banned from school grounds, po­lice were told.

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