Indiana law on people who threaten a school

Indiana code defines different punishments for a person who communicates a threat verses a threat to commit a forcible felony.

Posted: Feb. 26, 2018 9:14 AM
Updated: Feb. 26, 2018 9:28 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Indiana code defines different punishments for a person who communicates a threat verses a threat to commit a forcible felony.

"If it's intimidation saying 'I'm going to get you get you for that statement you made' then it's a Class A misdemeanor," said State Rep. Sheila Klinker. "So there is a charge. When it's a forcible situation, then it's a level 6 felony which can be 2 years in prison."

If a person is under 18 years old, Rep. Klinker said there is usually there is a probation period and the person is treated but in many cases, not sent to jail.

In the 8 school days since the Florida shooting there has been at least 14 threats and 21 arrests made across the state.

"You might see a strong amendment added to a bill that's going through now that will take the threats, violence, and the threats of young people buying guns more seriously," said Klinker.

As far as what bill that is, she isn't sure just yet but she says it could be coming to one dealing with bullying or intimidation.

"If something does not get added this year, I guarantee something will be added next year," said Klinker.

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