According to the Chicago Tribune, a teacher in Illinois was charged with conveying a false threat after she planted a threatening note in a school bathroom.
The note left by the Calhoun County High School teacher, Michelle Lynn Smith, was written in a broken English — replete with misspellings, abbreviations used in text messages, and basic grammatical errors — meant to mimic how her students write.
“KABOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Im tired of all the people here. Everyone is going down, the school will b n flames,” the note read. “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!!!!!!!!!”
She is accused of planting the note in the women’s restroom. When it was found, police were called and bomb squads swept the building, but no explosives were found.
In a statement, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said in a statement that “[a]ctions such as these cause not only massive wastes of law enforcement resources, but strike fear into the hearts of parents and students alike. Because children should feel safe in their schools, we take these charges very seriously.”
Police have not revealed what led them to believe that Smith had planted the note, but if convicted, she faces up to five years in federal prison and $250,000 in fines.
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