UPDATED: School custodian accused of making terrorist threat
KAHOKA, Mo. —
UPDATE: According to online court records, Amanda Joy Miller, 38, of Kahoka, is now formally charged with First-Degree Making a Terrorist Threat.
She remains in the Clark County Detention Center on $50,000 cash-only bond. Miller went before a judge for the first time on Friday morning.
Law enforcement officers have arrested a school custodian in connection with last Thursday’s threat at Clark County Middle School in Kahoka.
On the morning of October 25, 2018, a custodian reported finding the threat on a bathroom stall in the girl’s restroom.
At 9:55 a.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office arrested Amanda Joy Miller, 38, of Kahoka, Missouri.
She is housed on 24-hour hold in the Clark County Detention Center on suspicion of Making a Terrorist Threat.
Miller is listed on the school district's website as one of two middle school custodians.
Superintendent Ritchie Kracht confirmed for KTVO on Thursday afternoon that Miller is also the custodian who reported the threat to school administrators.
The sheriff’s office reported that the note stated, “I’m going to kill everyone at this school today.”
Kracht said the note was written directly on the bathroom stall. He said the message appeared to be written in pencil, but it had been erased before it was reported to district officials.
He told KTVO Miller had taken a photo of the note with her cell phone and sent it to administrators.
That threat resulted in all Clark County Schools being canceled last Thursday.
Clark County Sheriff Shawn Webster told KTVO the prosecutor is reviewing the case and plans to file a formal charge within 24 hours.
The Clark County R-1 School District posted the following message regarding the investigation on its Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon:
Kracht released a statement Thursday afternoon stating that Miller now no longer works for the school district. The superintendent's full statement is below:
This statement will respond to inquiries regarding a personnel matter. As I am sure you understand, school districts cannot provide personally identifiable information about the conduct of individual employees. However, I can provide some limited information. Additionally, much more detailed information is likely to be available from law enforcement authorities. We encourage you to make inquiries there, as well.
It is true that the school district did receive notice of a threat that had been written on a bathroom stall. The school district reported the threat immediately. The district cooperated fully with law enforcement, and the authorities were able to identify a person of interest. Following a thorough investigation, the authorities determined that it was appropriate to file charges against that person. The individual who has been charged [KTVO Note: formal charges have not been filed yet. Miller is in jail on 24-hour hold] is no longer an employee of the district.
This quick result was made possible by observant members of the public and employees of the school district -- and by the excellent work of our Clark County Sheriff's Department and Kahoka Police Department. Nothing is more important than the safety and security of students, staff, and others in our schools. Threats, regardless whether accompanied by actual intent or completion, are inconsistent with both safety and security. Therefore, the prompt response to this situation was essential and deeply appreciated. Safety and security will continue to be the district's most important priority. We also appreciate the support of the school community as we move forward during the 2018-2019 school year. We are committed to providing the students and staff of the Clark County R-1 District with the best learning and working environment possible.
Ritchie Kracht, Superintendent