EAST ST. LOUIS — A former Calhoun County High School teacher has pleaded guilty to threatening to blow up the school.
In a press release, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said Michelle Lynn Smith, 36, of Jerseyville, pleaded guilty to a one-count indictment of conveying a false threat. Authorities arrested Smith April 29 and she is currently detained.
Authorities responded to a potential bomb threat Monday, April 28, at Calhoun County High School in Hardin. The response was prompted by the discovery of a typewritten note in the women’s restroom. The note stated:
“This school is going down today. KABOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Im tired of all the people here. Everyone is going down, the school will b n flames. It is so stupid here. I cant take it ne more. The teachers suck and don’t do ne thing to help u. All that matters is what ur name is. If I had certain names I would not have the truble I do. Don’t matter, this place sucks and will not be here for long. So long and GOOD-BYE!!!!!!!!!
Authorities evacuated the school and notified parents. The Secretary of State Police Bomb Squad and Capitol Police K-9s conducted a search of the building, but no explosives were located. Following these events, law enforcement collected evidence and conducted interviews leading to the criminal charges against Smith.
Sentencing is set for Monday, Dec. 15. The charge of conveying a false threat carries maximum penalties of five years of imprisonment, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
The case was investigated by the Illinois State Police, with the assistance of the Calhoun County State’s Attorney’s Office, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department, Jersey County Sheriff’s Department, the Jerseyville Police Department, the Illinois Secretary of State Police Bomb Squad and Capitol Police K-9s, and the FBI. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Liam Coonan and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney John Constance.