A judge set bail at $100,000 Tuesday for Karin Michele Kibler, a west Olympia woman who was arrested last week on suspicion of making threats to kill school children.
During Kibler’s preliminary appearance in Thurston County Superior Court, Judge Anne Hirsch also ordered that she have no contact with any schools. Kibler lives in the Griffin School District.
Charging documents show that Kibler was arrested Friday at her residence after the FBI received an online tip from her that eventually was forwarded to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
The tip she sent was a rambling, profanity-laced message that references Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, time travel and President Barack Obama, but it ends this way, according to the charging document:
“I’m about to shoot up a school full of children just to be heard to prevent more past wars from happening ... so, I am documenting this and when I kill a school full of children, consider it triage!!!!”
After Kibler was put in handcuffs Friday, charging documents show that the sheriff’s deputy asked her if she had been diagnosed with any mental illnesses, and Kibler replied that she had been diagnosed with a delusion disorder.
Kibler’s public defender, John Hansen, started there, saying that Friday’s incident did not show criminal intent, but mental health concerns.
“Rather than posting bond, release her to pre-trial services after visiting with a mental health professional in jail, along with any follow-up care they recommend,” he said. “That would be an appropriate response in this case.”
But Hirsch was not swayed.
“The allegations are troubling on a number of levels,” she said, including “threats to the community.”
She finished by saying that Hansen’s suggested plan was not going to be enough.
“The court is going to need additional information about her circumstances,” she said.
Kibler’s arraignment is set for 10 a.m. Feb. 3.