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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007

Ex-Calhoun student questioned
Limestone investigators probe threats made on voicemail against instructor

By Paul Huggins 340-2395

Limestone County Investigator Stanley McNatt interviewed a Lawrence County woman suspected of threatening her former teacher with references to the Virginia Tech shootings.

McNatt did not arrest the former Calhoun Community College student after the Thursday afternoon interview, and he said the victim has not signed an arrest warrant.

The investigation continues, he said, and his next step is to obtain telephone records to determine if the threatening calls can be traced to the suspect.

A female student left a voice message for a teacher and part of it said, "you next" after referencing the massacre at Virginia Tech, where a gunman killed 31 students and a teacher. The same student also left a voice message for campus police that warned of harm to the teacher.

Voice recognized

The caller did not leave a name on the messages, but the teacher said she recognized the caller's voice, Calhoun officials said.

Sheriff Mike Blakely said that because the messages were left on school phones, the caller could be charged with making a terrorist threat, a felony. Apart from that, the suspect could face a charge of harassing communications, a misdemeanor.

McNatt said there was no evidence he was aware of that the suspect had made previous threats to the teacher.

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