The Zero Tolerance Safe School Environment Act will once again be introduced by a local lawmaker when the General Assembly reconvenes next year. Fairfield Senator Tony Hwang, whose district also includes Newtown, says last week's threats against schools in Fairfield should serve as a reminder that there needs to be tougher penalties against those who make such threats.
The measure was approved by the State Senate last session, but never came up for a vote in the House.
Hwang's son told him about the uncertainty surrounding them. The kids were in darkened rooms, lying down near walls, not speaking and not being able to move around for about three hours. He says the crime is beyond just a simple prank. It has significant municipal cost and the potential for traumatic emotional impacts.
Hwang hopes the message is sent with this bill that this offense doesn't get you a slap on the wrist, but that the punishment is equal to the havoc that's caused.
Hwang's bill would double the penalty from 5 years to 10 years in prison and the fine from $5,000 to $10,000.