Consequences for Threatening Schools Include Felony Charges
In light of the recent threats made against local schools, Erie News Now spoke with the FBI to find out what the consequences for these threats could be.
Threatening a school with gun violence or bombs is considered a terroristic threat, which means anyone caught making such a threat can be charged with a felony.
Depending on the severity of the case, it can be brought to the federal level. If taken to federal court and convicted, a person can face up to five years in prison.
Threats can be made verbally or through physical mediums such as paper notes or social media. That includes Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat.
If a threat is made by a minor, they can still be charged and convicted of a felony. There is no guarantee their record will be cleared or sealed when they turn 18.
Minors 15 years or older suspected of making a terroristic threat can be charged as an adult.