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Former Employee in Custody For Clark County School Threat

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The Clark County Sheriff's Office said Amanda Miller, 38, of Kahoka could be charged with 1st Degree Making a Terrorist Threat.

A former employee of the Clark County School District is in custody for her possible involvement in a threat against the northeast Missouri school district.

Clark County Sheriff Shawn Webster said in a statement that Amanda Miller, 38, of Kahoka was taken into custody at 9:55 a.m. on Nov. 1, 2018. He said Miller can be held for 24 hours while his office formally charges her with one count of 1st Degree Making a Terrorist Threat.

Missouri law states that “a person commits the offense of making a terrorist threat in the first degree if such person, with the purpose of frightening ten or more people or causing the evacuation, quarantine, or closure of any portion of a building, inhabitable structure, place of assembly or facility of transportation knowingly:

  • Communicates an express or implied threat to cause an incident or condition involving danger to life; or
  • Communicates a false report of an incident or condition involving danger to life; or
  • Causes a false belief or fear that an incident has occurred or that a condition exists involving danger to life."

1st Degree Making a Terrorist Threat is a class D felony punishable by up to 7 years in prison.

The sheriff’s office declined further comment regarding the investigation.

The school district previously said the threat was discovered by a janitor at about 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 in a middle school bathroom. Classes were cancelled for the day and there was an increased law enforcement presence the following day.

Superintendent Ritchie Kracht said Miller no longer is employed as a janitor by the district and that she has not been in the building with children present since the investigation into the threat began.

He would not say when exactly Miller's employment ended  or whether she was the person who alerted the district to the threat in the bathroom.

Jason Parrott is a former reporter at Tri States Public Radio.