Liberty woman arrested for threatening SC governor

Jennifer Phillips

A woman has been arrested and charged with making a threat against South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

Liberty police say 46-year-old Jennifer Phillips was arrested Tuesday and charged with threatening a public official.

Phillips is accused of telling a counselor at the school, "I am going to smuggle a gun in and kill this Governor," according to the incident report.

Liberty police say they spoke with Phillips about the comment. She told them she didn't mean anything by it and didn't even own a gun, according to the report.

Pickens County School District spokesman John Eby says Phillips is a parent volunteer at Liberty Elementary, where Haley was scheduled to speak Tuesday morning.

Phillips was arrested before Haley arrived. Phillips was scheduled to appear before a judge later Tuesday, and it wasn't known if she had an attorney.

Haley's stop at the school was to talk with third through fifth graders about leadership and bullying prevention.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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