Bomb Threat Made By 38-Year-Old Student Hoping to Ditch Class

Lori Knight called Lindenwood University Wednesday and told an operator her brother planned to bomb the campus that evening, but did not give her name or her brother's name, St. Charles Police said.

A Lindenwood University student phoned in a bomb threat because she wasn’t ready for class that evening, St. Charles Police said.

Lori Knight, 38, of the 5500 block of Lansdowne Avenue in South St. Louis, was charged Thursday with making a terrorist threat.

St. Charles Police said Knight called Lindenwood University’s St. Charles campus Wednesday with a blocked telephone number and told an operator that her brother planned to bomb the university that evening.

St. Charles Police determined there was no credible threat to students.

The university’s telecommunications department contacted Charter Phone Company and retrieved the blocked telephone number, according to court records. The number matched Knight’s telephone number on her student records, police said.

Knight called Lindenwood’s campus at Westport in Maryland Heights and asked if classes were canceled that evening because her niece had heard about bomb threats at the St. Charles campus, police said. Her phone number was not blocked at during this call.

She was scheduled to have class at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Westport campus at 11960 Westline Industrial Drive in Maryland Heights.

According to a court document, Knight told St. Charles Police she called in the bomb threat because she was not prepared for class.

Knight is being held in the St. Charles jail. Bail was set at $25,000, cash only.

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Mr Concerned Citizen May 03, 2013 at 11:26 AM
This lady needs to spend some serious time in the BIG HOUSE. LOL
L. J. Launer May 03, 2013 at 02:11 PM
I agree. She does not deserve to be a Lindenwood University student. What she did was awful and quite juvenile. She's 38 years old? You go to college to better yourself, not make a fool out of yourself.
Barbara Bowling May 03, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Too bad Ms. Knight didn't put as much effort into her classwork as she did into this ill-begotten scheme. Tell me how someone this bright made it into college?
Joe Scott May 03, 2013 at 03:18 PM
L.J., I have to admit, I did a double-take when I saw her age.
Brian Feldt (Editor) May 03, 2013 at 03:24 PM
I have to say I came up with plenty of excuses to get ouf of class in college, but none of them went to this extreme.
Kathleen Reynolds May 03, 2013 at 04:38 PM
A bomb threat, really? Right after Boston you would think that all the damage and injuries and deaths would have made her stop and think about that before she had the nerve to panic people like that again Yes she deserves to spend plenty of time in jail..maybe she will be ready for class when she gets out 20 years from now!!
Robert Frick May 03, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Going to prison for committing a federal felony and being expelled from college is a pretty high price to pay for not doing your homework. I think I would have just skipped class that night. Sheesh.
a girl May 03, 2013 at 08:21 PM
This does not excuse her by no means, but maybe Lindenwood should change some of their policies. If your sick or pregnant in hospital, they do not excuse absentee. They knock 10% off for missing only two classes. The third absence they fail u. Not fair at all.. If u are acing a class or even have a b, u should be able to bring medical excuse. The main campus lets you. This girl is an idiot , but maybe Lindenwood should lighten the policies. People do get sick and have tragic accidents.
Joe Scott May 03, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Interesting point, a girl. I understand you're not excusing Ms. Knight's actions -- and I agree there are life events that make it impossible or inadvisable to attend class. I know a friend who had a professor (at another university) with a similar policy, and he was knocked down a letter grade for attending his father's funeral. Seems as though it would encourage sick students to attend classes, too.
a girl May 03, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Tragic accidents and hospitalizations should be excused. There should be a policy change for students who have medical issues.
Bob Duplantier May 04, 2013 at 03:18 AM
I got knocked down a letter grade every time I attended my dad's funeral.
SexyAssGirl May 04, 2013 at 04:47 AM
How is she going to college is she paying with welfare? She looks like she's dumber than a box of rocks and she doesn't look like she has the money or the brains to go to college
m courtois May 04, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Realy? Policy change? The woman (not girl) risked life in prison for a terrorist threat because she didn't do her homework. I don't think the school policy is the problem here. 38 years old and you don't know better than to do this? Wake up.
Joe Scott May 04, 2013 at 11:26 PM
First, I did not call Ms. Knight "a girl." I was responding to a commenter whose name tag reads "a girl." Second, if you read "a girl's" comments, you'll see nobody is excusing the alleged actions of Ms. Knight, which I pointed out again in my comment.
Elizabeth Cooksey May 05, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Wow what is wrong with people? I mean how about you just go to class!! Or don't you have free will! As for the policy I'm sure the school makes students aware of this policy before hand. If you go to college you should go everyday!! It's a commitment, for the betterment of yourself. This woman must have serious mental problems!!
Shocked May 07, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Some people never grow up; at 38 one would think if you did not allocate the time to do your home work, own up to it and take what is given to you. I grew up with her and I'm not surprised to see this story. This "girl" yes I'm calling her a girl, obviously she has not grown up, was one of those who would do anything to get her way no matter what it takes, and this story is no different from middle school. If you play with fire you deserve to get burned. I think they need to set an example with her, after Boston and other bombing(s) in America this type of foolery is not to be taken lightly.
French May 07, 2013 at 09:47 PM
It's not just Lindenwood that has that policy, but most reputable Universities. If you talk to the teacher it's not usually a problem if you have to miss class for emergencies. It's very unlikely to have more than 2 emergencies per semester. If you don't miss class for unnecessary reasons you shoulnd't have a problem if something comes up.
jail buddy May 17, 2013 at 06:16 PM
I was in jail with ms, knight and yes she is as dumb as a box of rocks. The most jail time she will get is 8 years.
jail buddy May 17, 2013 at 06:17 PM
She is also a caseworker for D.F.S. they picked her up from work.
Joe Scott May 17, 2013 at 06:20 PM
OK, now that's scary.


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