Teacher Reportedly Threatens To Blow Up School In Strange Note

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An Illinois high school teacher is facing federal charges after a threatening note about a bomb was found at Calhoun County High School in Hardin.

Michelle Lynn Smith, 36, is being held without bond on federal charges of conveying a false threat. She was initially charged in state court on Thursday with falsely making a terrorist threat.

The special education teacher allegedly typed the letter that read, “KABOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Im tired of all the people here. Everyone is going down, the school will b n flames.”

The note was discovered on Monday and the school was evacuated while police conducted a bomb search.

“Actions such as these cause not only massive wastes of law enforcement resources, but strike fear into the hearts of parents and students alike,” said Stephen Wigginton, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, according to Chicago Tribune. “Because children should feel safe in their schools, we take these charges very seriously.”

Police have not disclosed a motive in the case or what led them to arrest Smith.

“It is so stupid here,” the letter continued. “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!!!!!!!!!”

Smith will appear in court Monday for a detention hearing.

If convicted she faces up to five years in federal prison.

Sources: Chicago Tribune, Dubuque Telegraph Herald