Michigan Attorney General issues new video showing potential punishments for making school threats

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued a new video Tuesday highlighting potential punishments for making threats against a school.

“In recent weeks, threats of violence have been reported at schools across Michigan,” Nessel says in the video. “Local law enforcement agencies have reported threats on social media that number in the hundreds within their own communities. As a result, kids in our state have missed valuable days of instruction as school administrators are forced to close buildings to keep kids safe. Whether these are real threats made by those intent on doing harm or pranks made by kids trying to get a day off, they are real crimes with real consequences.”

The video outlines the potential charges someone could face by making a threat, including:

  • Communicating a threat of terrorism, a 20-year felony
  • Calling in a bomb threat, a four-year felony
  • Malicious use of a telecommunications device, a six-month misdemeanor
  • Threatening violence against school employee or student, a one-year misdemeanor

“Threatening the lives of students and staff, whether with intent to harm or simply to disrupt, is an outrage, particularly in the wake of the tragedy in Oxford,” State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice said. “Our students and staff should feel safe in our schools, and anyone that threatens that safety should be subject to swift and significant consequences.”

Click here to watch the video.

If you receive a threat or know of a violent threat against your community, please contact local law enforcement or leave a tip with Michigan’s OK2SAY hotline by calling 8-555-OK2SAY (855-565-2729) or by texting 652729 (OK2SAY).

The hotline is confidential and operates 24/7.

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