By Pat Maurer
A Farwell woman, Karen Marie Maxey, 37, is facing a terrorism threat charge after she reportedly told a secretary at Beal City School that she was going to ” —— level the building” in a phone call last Friday.
“She made the same threat twice then hung up,” Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said in a phone interview Tuesday. “That’s why we put the school building into lockdown.”
Mioduszewski said deputies interviewed and arrested Maxey at her home that same day. She was arraigned Monday in Isabella County’s 76th District Court and charged with false report or threat of terrorism, an up to 20-year felony, and with a six month misdemeanor – malicious use of telecommunication services.
The sheriff said the threat came after a dispute with school officials over re-enrolling Maxey’s daughter at the school. “I believe she was upset because four other students were enrolled before her daughter,” Mioduszewski said. He said the daughter had previously attended Beal City Schools.
Maxey’s bond was set at $40,000/10 percent cash/surety. She remains lodged at the Isabella County Jail.