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Portage parent makes threat to school official

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PORTAGE (WKOW) -- The mother of an 11-year-old boy at John Muir Elementary School in Portage now faces a felony charge after making threats to school officials.

The Portage Daily Register reports 31-year-old Cary Murphy was upset after an incident involving her son and the school's principal, Jason Meyer, last week.

Murphy was informed, over the phone, about the investigation between the two was complete and Meyer had done nothing wrong.  The school official Murphy was talking with, Joy Larson, says the boy's mother became quite upset and was using vulgar profanities.

According to the criminal complaint, Murphy made threats, saying she was "going to shoot everyone" and not to mess with her "because I'll show you the damage I can do".

Murphy says she didn't make such threats, rather said she would sue the school.  She stated the phone conversation had been interrupted by bad phone reception.  "It's a complete and utter misunderstanding," Murphy said.

The principal states he's dealt with Murphy on more than one occasion and she has "certainly intimidated other staff members".

Murphy was taken into custody and is charged with felony threats to injure or accuse of a crime and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.  The felony charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison.  She is ordered to have no contact with the school officials involved, not to go to John Muir Elementary and not to possess any firearms.
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