By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
While Facebook has quickly become the fastest medium for telecommunications, a comment posted on the website landed a Manchester woman in jail.
According to a press release from the London Post 11 of Kentucky State Police, 22-year-old Taylora Smith of Manchester made a threat against the Laurel campus of Somerset Community College on Wednesday afternoon.
The press release states that KSP officers became aware of a possible bomb threat from Smith’s post on Facebook. Kentucky State Police Post 11 Commander Captain Scott Miller said Smith’s post read, “I’m about to cuss every oath and bomb this school and that’s not a threat, it’s a promise.” Miller said Smith was a student at the London campus.
That comment alerted police to the potential threat and KSP Senior Trooper John Barnett began an investigation into the incident. KSP Trooper Jeff Senters located Smith in Manchester at her work place and placed her under arrest for first-degree terroristic threatening.
“This is a Class C felony,” Miller said.
A Class C felony carries a penalty of five to 10 years in prison.
Smith was released around 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning after posting the $1,000 bond.
Trooper Barnett was assisted in the investigation by KSP Trooper Jeff Senters and Laurel County Emergency Management Director Albert Hale.