The Dangers and Consequences of Committing Terroristic Threats In The School

Over the past few years, we have seen school shootings way too many times. Some of us might think it’s funny or cool to call in a bomb-threat or pull the fire alarm to get out of class. Some of us might think we’re tough if we call someone on the phone and threaten them. Today we’re going to discuss:

Here’s a story I want to share with you:

There was a boy who we’ll call Tony, So Tony made several calls to the school saying he was going to blow the place up. Tony thought he wouldn’t be caught because he was using a friend’s cell phone.

The police went to his friend’s house after they found out the calls were coming from his friend’s phone. His friend told the police he let Tony use his phone. The police arrested Tony and now Tony has gone from a simple suspension from school to a criminal charge and a criminal record. To make matters worse, Tony will probably be put in a national database because he is now known to threaten people with harm or death.

THE DANGERS

  1. A threatening call could cause panic and somebody could get hurt.
  2. A threatening call could cause someone to become sick, like have a heart attack.
  3. A threatening call could cause death if everyone runs toward the door at the same time.

THE CONSEQUENCES

  1. Arrest
  2. Conviction
  3. Criminal Record
  4. Identity could be entered into a database for known threats to public safety.

GEORGIA CRIMINAL CODE – TERRORISTIC THREATS – 16-11-37

A person commits the offense of a terroristic threat when he or she threatens to :

  • Commit any crime of violence;
  • Release any hazardous substance; or
  • Burn or damage property.

Such terroristic threat shall be made:

  • With the purpose of terrorizing another;
  • With the purpose of causing the evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or facility of public transportation;
  • With the purpose of otherwise causing serious public inconvenience; or
  • In reckless disregard of the risk of causing the terror, evacuation, or inconvenience.
  • No person shall be convicted under this subsection on the uncorroborated testimony of the party to whom the threat is communicated.

A person commits the offense of a terroristic act when:

  • He or she uses a burning or flaming cross or other burning or flaming symbol or flambeau with the intent to terrorize another or another’s household;
  • While not in the commission of a lawful act, he or she shoots at or throws an object at a conveyance which is being operated or which is occupied by passengers; or
  • He or she releases any hazardous substance or any simulated hazardous substance under the guise of a hazardous substance :
  • For the purpose of terrorizing another;
  • For the purpose of causing the evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or facility of public transportation;
  • For the purpose of otherwise causing serious public inconvenience; or
  • In reckless disregard of the risk of causing the terror, evacuation, or inconvenience described in subparagraph (A), (B), or (C) of this paragraph.

This is just a brief summary of the consequences of making terroristic threats.

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