One high school teacher from Las Vegas is facing serious criminal charges after allegedly sending “terroristic” text messages to an anonymous friend.
The Bonanza High School science teacher, Leslie McGourty, was allegedly exchanging messages with her friend the night before getting arrested. Her friend was so disturbed by the messages that she decided to report the incident to local police. Authorities have confirmed the teacher threatened to go on a bloody rampage throughout the text exchange.
News reporters obtained the messages. McGourty believed she would be remembered for carrying out a mass murder because she is a woman. Women serial killers are very rare, and the suspect hoped to make “women feel empowered enough to become serial killers.”
The disturbed and scared friend decided to get the police involved. Although the physics teacher didn’t explicitly threaten any person, building or group, the friend was concerned that the teacher may hurt herself. Authorities were initially informed that the woman planned to hurt herself, so they arrived at her home around 7:15 A.M. on May 16. They discovered that the suspect had already left for work that morning.
Just after 10 A.M., police arrested the teacher at school. She was charged with suspicion of making a threat to commit an act of terrorism. Since her arrest, she was released from custody but has been placed on paid leave from her teaching position.
The suspect has been a teacher at Bonanza High School since August of 2015, and most individuals close to her did not see any red flags from the teacher prior to this disturbing incident.