Update, Jan. 7: The mother accused of posting a threatening video online and denied bond Monday in her criminal case previously served time behind bars for stabbing someone in 2010, according to court records.
The prosecution brought up Cirea Oliver’s criminal history while Magistrate Court Judge Tracy Loggins considered bond Monday.
Oliver was charged with making terroristic threats after posting the video on Facebook. In the video, posted around 12:30 p.m. Dec. 16, the woman discusses her child being bullied at Gainesville Middle School and feeling that not enough is being done by the faculty to address the issue.
Police have said comments in the video insinuated that she was going to shoot multiple people at the school.
While conceding on the probable cause part of the hearing, attorney Max Richardson Jr. argued for bond for his client. She, like many other parents, would pay a price to protect her child, Richardson argued.
Loggins ultimately said she could not grant bond in good conscience, citing Oliver’s criminal record.
Oliver was found guilty of aggravated assault, terroristic act and aggressive driving by a jury in February 2011, and she was sentenced to three years in confinement followed by seven years on probation.
Oliver was released from custody on parole in February 2013.
In his summary report, an officer conducting a pre-sentencing investigation for the 2011 convictions wrote that Oliver: “had violent or threatening offenses as a juvenile and as an adult. She suffers from mental health issues and has shown a willingness to act out as she sees fit.”
According to court records obtained by The Times, Oliver and her co-defendant in the case, Tamara Kelly, got into a fight with a man Oliver knew after confronting him in traffic and arguing with him in a parking lot. Oliver had been texting the man and arguing with him over the course of several days over money and other issues.
In an interview for the investigation, Oliver admitted to jumping into the victim's car but claims she used the knife in self defense when he began to overwhelm her. Oliver admits she “stuck him with a knife” twice, according to the report.
“I didn’t know what I was doing,” Oliver told police.
Oliver further told police she thought she should be punished, but that she acted in self defense.
Oliver is quoted in the report as saying: “I’m not going to call him a victim. I’m sorry I stabbed him, but he was hitting me.”
Family members cited in the report said Oliver suffers from mental issues, and Oliver herself told the officer she has bipolar disorder and had been treated in the past for other mental health issues.Since the arrest, a community group has formed backing Oliver’s complaints about bullying. The group recently held a meeting, which Superintendent Jeremy Williams attended, over the concerns.
Original story: The judge denied bond for a Gainesville Middle School student’s mother accused of making terroristic threats in a Facebook video, and the case moved on to Superior Court.
“I’ve got to tell her kids their mom is not coming home,” said Cirea Oliver’s grandmother, Ophelia Williams, following the hearing.
Oliver appeared in Magistrate Court Monday, Jan. 6, with her attorney Max Richardson Jr.
Gainesville Middle School resource officer Kelly Olson took the stand during the hearing.
Olson was alerted to a Facebook live video Dec. 16 by people in the school. The officer said Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Jeremy Williams was also alerted by an anonymous caller.
In the video, posted around 12:30 p.m. Dec. 16, the woman discusses her child being bullied and feeling that not enough is being done by the faculty to address the issue.
Police have said comments in the video were insinuating that she was going to shoot multiple people at the school.
Oliver testified during the probable cause hearing, saying her family has made several attempts to communicate the issues about her son being bullied.
The Gainesville woman said her son was being pushed around, adding she was worried she was going to lose her son.
“I’m going to go up to the school and talk to them again, and I’m going to talk to the Board of Education and talk to whoever I need to up there because something has to be done,” Oliver said in the video. “It’s breaking my heart because it’s like nothing I can do.”
Oliver, who is a single parent, said in the video that she works hard to give her child a strong support system. She said the consistent bullying falls back on the school and other people’s parenting.
“It feels like his world is crashing, and he feels inadequate and he feels like he’s nothing,” Oliver said in the video. “It defeats the purpose because I instill at home that he is somebody. That I love him. That he’s smart and intelligent.”
Oliver was arrested at the school hours after the video was posted.
While conceding on the probable cause part of the hearing, Richardson argued for bond for his client. She, like many other parents, would pay a price to protect her child, Richardson argued.
The prosecution opposed bond based on her criminal history.
Outside of the courtroom, Williams said one of the cases mentioned by the prosecutor was in self defense.
While weighing the points for and against allowing Oliver a bond, Magistrate Court Judge Tracy Loggins said she could not do so in good conscience.