Stiffer penalties take effect for threats against schools

Starting Saturday, people who call in a bomb threat or any other type of threat targeting a school now face felony charges and, if convicted, up to five years of prison time. The law was sponsored

News 12 Staff

Oct 2, 2016, 1:51 AM

Updated 2,844 days ago

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Starting Saturday, people who call in a bomb threat or any other type of threat targeting a school now face felony charges and, if convicted, up to five years of prison time.
The law was sponsored by state Sen. Tony Hwang, who says it sends a message that threats against schools will no longer be tolerated.
Before the law took effect, calling in any kind of threat to a school was a misdemeanor.
Officials say that in recent years communities across the state have experience increased instances of "swatting," when a false threat is called in to summon a large police presence to a location.
In the past year, threats forced lockdowns and evacuations in Stamford, Easton, and other districts across the state.
Earlier this week, a man went before a judge after he made a threat against the new Sandy Hook Elementary School. The newly enacted law will not affect his case, but Hwang and other legislators hope the new penalties will be a deterrent to any future threats. 
"This bill says we will not tolerate it, we will catch you, and we will punish you to the highest level under law as a felony," Hwang says. 


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