Lakeland woman makes threats against school crossing guard
(BTLS Staff) LAKELAND, Fla. – A 28-year-old Lakeland woman is in trouble with the law for making threats against a Polk County School crossing guard she was previously arrested for assaulting.
Kierra Shalante Harris was booked into the Polk County Jail on a variety of charges including violating the terms of her pre-trial release. She is being held without bond.
According to a PCSO report the suspect drove her son to Combee Elementary School on Thursday. It was the first time Harris had been seen near the school since her arrest for battering a 70-year-old crossing guard following an argument.
“We thought that arresting this suspect, who is several inches taller
than, and decades younger than our crossing guard, would teach her the
lesson that we will not tolerate abuse of our agency members,” explained Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. “Perhaps she needed a second trip to the jail to drive that message home.”
One of the witnesses to Thursday’s incident was the school’s assistant principal Byron Williams. He observed the crossing guard backing away, trembling with fear as Harris approached her.
In an attempt to avoid another altercation and to ease the victim’s fears, Williams took her crossing guard sign to assist students crossing the roadway.
The report states Harris got in the victim’s face and began addressing her in an intimidating manner. The victim believed the suspect was going to assault her again.
Harris then turned her attention to the assistant principal. She stared at him, read his name tag and accused him of being the one ‘who told on her,’ following the earlier incident.
The suspect spoke loudly saying she had been falsely accused of assaulting the crossing guard. A warrant for Harris’ arrest was issued and she was taken into custody without incident.
Harris is facing one count of assault, one count of threat to do violence, one count of tampering with a witness and one count of violating the terms of pre-trial release.
Judd: “I’m outraged that anyone would strike a 70-year-old person, much less a Polk County Sheriff’s Office School Crossing Guard who is trying to protect children. Ms. Harris’ actions are inexcusable.”