A group of parents has formed a new organization in support of a Gainesville Middle School student’s mother, who was charged with terroristic threats following a video posted live on Facebook.
Cirea Oliver, 29, is being held at the Hall County Jail with a bond hearing scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 19.
In the video, posted around 12:30 p.m. Monday, the woman discusses her child being bullied and feeling that not enough is being done by the faculty to address the issue.
“It wasn’t too long after that that our officers were informed of this video that went live, where she does make threats,” Gainesville Police Cpl. Jessica Van said.
Van said comments in the video were “insinuating that she was going to shoot multiple people at the school.” In the video, which was obtained by The Times, the woman discusses showing up to the school at the end of the school day to pick up her child.
She explains that she has voiced her concerns to teachers and the principal “numerous times.”
“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.”
Jeremy Williams, Gainesville City Schools’ superintendent, said the system and Gainesville Middle were alerted to the threats on Monday.
Oliver was arrested on school property that afternoon.
He said the school cannot speak to specific student situations, but the district uses established procedures for bullying.
“Our focus is ensuring supports are available to students if needed,” Williams said. “We encourage our students and staff to inform appropriate personnel when the potential for services arise.”
The Rev. Rose Johnson, executive director of Gainesville’s Newtown Florist Club, held a meeting Tuesday night for parents to share concerns.
“They talked about the importance of parents being involved to provide the kind of support to their children that they need,” Johnson said. “There was a lot of distress in the room coming from these parents who feel that they have been not supported by the school system around issues relating to the bullying of their children.”
Johnson said parents have started a new organization called Parents Rebuilding the Village.
“The incident involving Cirea — or her call for help, as how they see it — is the thing that galvanized these parents to realize that there is so much more that they must do,” Johnson said.
Van said Oliver also had a warrant from Cobb County concerning an aggravated assault charge.
Reporter Kelsey Podo contributed to this article.