Barrington woman arrested for making threats at East Providence High School


EAST PROVIDENCE — A Barrington resident with a history of incidents in the city turned herself into police Wednesday morning, Jan. 30, after she allegedly made a threat of gun violence at East Providence High School two days earlier.

After a brief investigation, a warrant was issued Tuesday for Ms. Balcewicz's arrest. She turned herself in at the East Providence Department headquarters early Wednesday. She plead not guilty in Sixth District Court later that same day.

Monday's incident began innocently enough it appears with Ms. Balcewicz's son calling her to say he was sick and to ask to be picked up from school. He did so from his cell phone, which is against school policy. A student is required to notify the school nurse of any illness. The nurse then calls the parent.

Notified of the transgression of school rules, Ms. Balcewicz became upset and "stormed" out, according to a report made by EPPD School Resource Officer Doug Borden.

As she left the building, Ms. Balcewicz walked past two school aides and allegedly said she should come back and "shoot up the school." The aides immediately went to Officer Borden to report the incident. He began the investigation by taking statements from each and reviewing security video where he was able to establish Ms. Balcewicz's presence in the building and identify her.

A warrant for Ms. Balcewicz's arrest was gained and submitted on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Besides the disorderly conduct charge, East Providence High School is also seeking a No Trespassing order.

Monday was not the first time Ms. Balcewicz has run afoul of local authorities. She was charged by the EPPD with possession of a firearm back in 2001 after her apartment was raided for drugs. She has also been a party to, but not charged, in a number of events since. City officials are also looking into how Ms. Balcewicz's son goes to EPHS while she currently lists her residence in Barrington.


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