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A woman faces charges after threatening a teen with a knife at Fort Wayne playground

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - A Fort Wayne woman is accused of threatening a boy with a knife at a local playground.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case, the incident happened on May 15 at the Weisser Park Elementary School playground.

The Allen County Prosecutor's office has charged Terra Roling with two counts of felony intimidation.

Investigators believe Roling was at the playground with her children when her 13-year-old son told her he and another kid had been battered.


Documents accuse Roling of verbally confronting the teen with a knife in her hand and then running at him and others on the playground.

The incident -- at least part of which was captured on video -- prompted calls for charges by some local advocacy groups and others who saw the clip.

The video shows the use of racial epithets by Roling during the confrontation.

ChangeMakers of Fort Wayne urged the public to contact local officials and demand action.

Daylana Saunders and Alisha Rauch with the group say this is a part of holding people accountable.

"I was appalled, angry, sickened," Rauch said. "The pressure that we were able to put on them and the support of our community made them able to charge her.” 

Saunders say they have a list of demands for the rest of Roling's case.

"We hope that the community realizes that when we work together, we can expose the disparities in our system," Saunders said. "We can work together for change.” 

A warrant has been issued for Terra Roling's arrest.

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Karli VanCleave

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