College stress could be a possible motive for death threats

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Those who know Jennifer Grant say she is the last person they would ever suspect to making deadly threats. The Palestine sophomore is charged with committing the felony terroristic threat, something she confessed to doing in the arrest affidavit. Grant informed a judge she's supported financially by her parents. Instead of college needs, they are now bailing their daughter out of jail.

Grant confessed in an affidavit to drafting signs threatening to shoot and kill students. Students gathered around the campus newspaper eager to learn the latest on the event that took the campus by storm on Tuesday, April 14, the anniversary of the Virginia Tech slayings.

Copies of handwritten signs were found on campus and at the Grove Apartment complex where Grant lives. Logs from the access gate indicated to investigating officers that Grant was in the area twice.

More telling evidence leads to a motive. "I had classes with her. I sat next to her and I was surprised," said one classmate, wishing not to give her name. "She was a sweet, wonderful person." Grant had a presentation to make in a creative design class the very morning the threatening signs appeared. The professor had given the interior design major three extensions. Being late on work was out of character for the student with the best design models in the class. Grant's Human Sciences professors describe her as creative, talented, a perfectionist. One professor said she could have made a C on the presentation and still make an A in the course. That's the Jennifer Grant they know.

SFA University Police Chief Marc Cossich said the student started missing classes right after spring break. "Some of her excuses are lies," said Cossich.

Classmates say Jennifer was stressed out. "She had a lot on her mind and she was going to change her major," said Melinda Kenneday, another classmate. Some students say they're under stress too, but they deal with it.  "It's ridiculous that someone would do that to get out of a class and scare the entire campus and community," said Maisie Smith, a SFA student. The school was not closed, but campus alerts went out all day. Some student chose not to attend class, concerned for their safety. Those who know grant are concerned, but understand the consequences. "I really hope it doesn't mess up her entire life," said another classmate, who chose not to give her name.

If Jennifer Grant did the things she says she did, a new design is in place for her future.   The punishment for a terroristic threat is no less than 2 years and no more than 10 years in prison, plus a fine not to exceed $10,000. Grant is eligible for probation because she has no prior convictions or arrests.