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Angry Ocala mom jailed after voicemail threatens to shoot up elementary school

An Ocala mother found herself behind bars Wednesday afternoon after allegedly making threats to shoot up her son’s elementary school.

Melissa M. Giddens, 28, was arrested in connection with a threatening voicemail that was left Tuesday for an administrator at College Park Elementary School, located at 1330 SW 33rd Ave. The administrator heard the voicemail on Wednesday and called the school’s resource officer for help.

Melissa M. Giddens, 28, was arrested Wednesday in connection with a threatening voicemail that was left for an administrator at College Park Elementary School, located at 1330 SW 33rd Ave. in Ocala.

A short time later, an Ocala Police detective responded to the school and listened to the voicemail, which said: “I’m going to shoot the (expletive deleted) out of his (expletive deleted) place,” an Ocala Police report states.

The school administrator told the officers that she received the voicemail after Giddens’ son was involved in a fight on a school bus and subsequently suspended from riding the bus for three days.

After listening to the voicemail, the detective went to Giddens’ house to speak with her about the incident. After being read her rights, she talked about her frustrations with the school and the bus driver. And without being prompted she made mention of voicemails she left at the school and said she didn’t threaten anyone, the report says.

Giddens said she told the school official on the voicemail that she was going to press charges if “no one was going to do anything about the school bus situation.” Shortly before playing the voicemail for her, Giddens told the detective she thought she’d said she’d “beat her ass if she saw her somewhere,” referring to the bus driver, the report says.

Once she listened to the voicemail, Giddens said: “I was going to beat the (expletive deleted) out of the stupid bus driver.” The detective then explained that Giddens’ voicemail “clearly was a threat” toward the school and did not make mention of beating anyone up, the report says.

Giddens was taken into custody at her home Wednesday afternoon and transported to the Marion County Jail, where she was charged with making threats to kill, do bodily injury, or conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism. She was released early Thursday afternoon on $5,000 bond and her next court date hasn’t yet been set, jail records show.