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MI AG reminds Michiganders of penalties for threats against schools

Michigan Atty. Gen. Dana Nessel addresses the penalties for community threats in the state in a video posted Jan. 4, 2022. (MNC)

Michigan’s Attorney General has issued a new video focused on the potential punishments for making threats against schools in the state.

AG Dana Nessel says threats have increased in recent weeks, following a tragic school shooting in the Detroit area. She says whether the threats are real or pranks, they are all crimes with real consequences.

“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.”

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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