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Schools probe threats
Student mentions shootings,
threatens Calhoun instructor

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

A female student who referenced the Virginia Tech shooting in threatening voicemails about her Calhoun Community College instructor faced only a possible misdemeanor charge Wednesday.

She was not in custody, however, because no one had signed an arrest warrant, and the college did not issue a campuswide warning.

On Tuesday morning, the unnamed student repeated the word "next" and then said "you next" on her unnamed female instructor's voicemail at the school, according to a campus police incident report.

The student then left a voicemail for Campus Police that said, "I hope y'all watched the news last night (Monday). You need to tell (professor's name removed from report) it's happening, it's going to happen. I hope she's not afraid to die."

The report states that the instructor was "upset and scared" and Campus Police remained in the classroom vicinity on Tuesday. The Daily was unable to contact the instructor who teaches in the social sciences area by either e-mail or voice mail.

Calhoun spokeswoman Janet Martin said the student did not identify herself on the recording, but the instructor recognized the voice.

Martin said since the student did not identify herself and directed the threat to the instructor and not the school, the instructor will have to get a warrant for the student's arrest.

Limestone County Circuit Court Clerk Charles Page said the instructor would have to get a warrant for harassing communications at his office. That is a misdemeanor.

Page said the instructor had not done that as of Wednesday afternoon.

Martin did not know if the student who made the threats was on campus Wednesday, but said Campus Police have the student's picture so they can recognize her.

Calhoun has two to three security or police officers working each shift. The Decatur campus is 110 acres and has 22 facilities listed on its Web site, which includes ball fields.

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