Thursday, January 27, 2011
by khou.com staff
Posted on January 27, 2011 at 11:23 AM
Updated today at 11:23 AM
BAY CITY, Texas – A substitute teacher has been arrested and charged in connection with death threats made to students in Bay City ISD, the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.
Paul Nolen May, 41, was arrested on Wednesday.
He’s charged with 12 counts of making a terroristic threat – all of which are third-degree felonies.
The threats began on December 28 when the district received a hand-written, profanity-laced letter, purportedly from the parent of a student.
In the letter, the sender expressed anger over their child being disciplined at school. The letter detailed new "rules" for the school to follow regarding discipline and threatened to "kill a random student" if the demands were not met.
About a week later, a second threat was sent via text message.
The message, sent from an anonymous source and forwarded among Bay City ISD students, said this: "Hey! Forward this to everyone…1 rule broken, two girls dies at the jr. high and 2 from high school, dnt go! The school will be on lockdown."
It was not clear if May was suspected in both threats. Investigators declined to release any additional information Thursday.
May was being held in the Matagorda County Jail on bonds totaling $240,000.