Students Making School Threats Could Face Jail Time

More than a dozen school threats have led to a string of student arrests. Authorities said those arrested will face serious consequences if convicted.

Juvenile prosecutor Seth Creed said kids under the age of 16 who make a school threat could face 90 days in a juvenile detention center or up to 24 months of probation.

He said that students over the age of 16 could be tried as adults and face time in prison.

“The juvenile code is to rehabilitate a juvenile, but with an adult offender, the goal is not to rehabilitate them. It’s more of a punishment,” Creed said.

Diana Harder has a 16-year-old daughter and said kids at that age just aren’t thinking.

“Any action is going to have a reaction, and this action can haunt you for the rest of your life,” Harder said.

Creed said if a person is convicted of a felony, the charge could be on their record for up to 10 years depending on their age and circumstance concerning school threats.

He said the typical charges in school threat situations are terroristic threatening or communicating a false alarm.

On April 15, two different juveniles were arrested in connection to threats. A 16-year-old student was arrested in Hartford for threatening a coach.

In the Lincoln school system, police say a 12-year-old student is facing a felony charge of communicating a false alarm for writing a bomb threat in a bathroom stall.

There have been multiple arrests in connection to school threats since April 1.

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