Employee charged with threatening to blow up Hampton school

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 10 at 6:40 PM

HAMPTON-A school employee was arrested for threatening to bomb Hampton High School.  

According to police, Tracy Tomon Smith posted the threat on social media around 4:30 p.m. Monday.

About two hours later, a school administrator called the school resource officer to report the threat.

Smith, 41, was arrested about 10:20 p.m. on a charge of threatening to bomb.

Police stressed they determined there was no evidence to substantiate a physical threat to the students or the school at any time. As a precaution, there were more officers at the school Tuesday.

Officials with Hampton City Schools said Smith is an instructional assistant who has worked for HCS since 2005.  They would not release her employment status because it is a "personnel issue."

Threatening to bomb is a class 5 felony which can carry a term of imprisonment of not less than one year nor more than 10 years, or in the discretion of the jury or the court trying the case without a jury, confinement in jail for not more than 12 months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both.

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