Jerseyville teacher admits making in-school bomb threat

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (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.

Smith’s employment status isn’t clear. A message was left Thursday with the district’s superintendent.

Smith’s public defender has said Smith had no means by which to carry out the threat.