A Calhoun High School special education teacher will remain behind bars after a federal court hearing this week. 36 year old Michelle Smith of Jerseyville is charged with threatening to blow up the high school after she allegedly left a note at the school last week, leading to an evacuation. No bomb was found.
Smith was arrested last Tuesday and also faces charges in Calhoun County. The federal charges were filed last Thursday and she remains in federal custody. On Monday of this week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Donald Wilkerson ordered Smith to be held until her trial after it was determined she was a danger to herself and the community. Bomb squads from the Illinois Capitol Police and the Illinois Secretary of State responded to the scene on April 28 as students and teachers cleared the building, but nothing suspicious was found at the school. The note was allegedly typed by Smith and left in a school bathroom.