EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A western Illinois high school special education teacher accused of threatening to blow up her school is scheduled to learn whether she’ll be eligible for bond.
A federal magistrate in East St. Louis is to hear arguments Friday over the prosecutors’ request that Michelle Smith remain jailed without bond.
The 36-year-old Jerseyville woman is accused in Calhoun County and federal court of leaving a computer-generated note April 28 in a restroom at the Calhoun County High School in Hardin.
The letter read:
“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!!!!!!!!!”
The letter prompted an evacuation of the 170-student school, but no bomb was found.
Smith was arrested the next day, and the school district is seeking her ouster.
Her public defender argues Smith had no means by which to carry out the threat.