FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A woman who was caught on video allegedly threatening children at a Fort Wayne school playground while armed with a knife in May has been charged with two felonies.
Terra L. Roling, 32, of Marion faces two counts of felony Intimidation in a case opened by Allen County prosecutors Tuesday.
According to court records, on May 15, Roling was at the Weisser Park Elementary School playground with her children when her 13-year-old son said he and another boy were battered by another boy. At that point, Roling reportedly “verbally confronted” and threatened the boy while holding a knife, then ran toward the boy and other juveniles that were with him, court records said.
The video surfaced back in May and went viral on Social media gaining the nickname “Karen with a knife”.
Fort Wayne police told WANE 15 that no charges were originally filed against Roling because she and the children’s parents decided to handle things by themselves. However, the Changemakers, a local activist group in Fort Wayne, spoke on the family’s behalf.
“A lot of people questioned at the very beginning why the parents didn’t come forward but we want to make it very clear that the parent’s were not aware of what happened to the children,” said Daylana Saunders, cofounder of the Changemakers. “These are working parents, parents that have several jobs taking care of their children. They aren’t always on Facebook, they don’t see every video that’s rotating. As soon as we showed them the video they wanted to go down and press charges. From point one to point now they have been there. They have held back and suppressed their anger at times. We really want to shoutout to the parents and the children that were involved because there is trauma involved in this as well.”
The Changemakers told WANE 15’s Briana Brownlee that the parents of the children from the video did not want to speak to the press or be in the public eye.
“Me being a parent if this would have happened to my child I probably would not know what to say. I would probably be very angry and wouldn’t know how to express myself without pushing it too far,” said Alisha Rauch, cofounder of the Changemakers. “I think they were kind of like ‘I don’t want to be in the spotlight right now because I am so mad and I don’t want to explode in front of everyone’.”
Rauch added that the family is very happy and ecstatic after learning that chargers were filed.
“Many times we don’t get to this point in our community,” Rauch said. “It took a while for them to do something but we are finally seeing some results from all of the screaming that we have been doing. I think everyone is just relieved to know that if something like this happens in the future, there is actually a possibility to see justice.”
Video of the altercation was shared throughout social media, along with calls for Roling’s arrest.
NOTE: WANE 15 does not have rights to publish or air the video referenced at this time.