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Illinois teacher jailed after bomb threat charge

ST. LOUIS – A western Illinois special-education teacher is accused in state and federal courts of making a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of her school.

Calhoun County prosecutors charged 36-year-old Michelle Smith of Jerseyville with falsely making a terrorist threat. Smith was charged later Thursday in federal court with conveying a false threat.

Authorities say the charges relate to a note found Monday in a bathroom at Calhoun County High School in Hardin. The school was evacuated and searched, but no bomb was found.

Smith was arrested the next day.

The district’s superintendent says Smith is on paid administrative leave.

Smith doesn’t have a listed home telephone number, and court records don’t show whether she has an attorney.

She is being held without bond in the Jersey County Jail.

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