EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A western Illinois woman faces up to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a felony charge that she threatened to blow up the high school where she taught special education.
Thirty-six-year-old Michelle Lynn Smith of Jerseyville pleaded guilty to one count of conveying a false threat. She remains jailed, pending her sentencing on Dec. 15.
Authorities say Smith left a computer-generated note April 28 in a restroom at the Calhoun County High School in Hardin, about 40 miles northwest of St. Louis.
The letter prompted an evacuation of the 170-student school, but no bomb was found.
The district’s superintendent, Kate Sievers, says Smith was fired by the school board in May.
Smith’s public defender has said Smith had no means by which to carry out the threat.