Starting tomorrow, calling in a bomb threat or any kind of threat, to a school will no longer be a misdemeanor. A new state law goes into effect with the start of the new month which includes tougher penalties. Felony charges, which could result in prison time, can be levied under the new law.
State Senator Tony Hwang, whose district includes Newtown, says school lockdowns and evacuations can have lasting consequences on the children and adults who endure them.
Hwang says since the shootings at Sandy Hook School, more than 40 threats of violence have been made against schools in Connecticut, many perpetrated by adults. He says these threats have become an epidemic, not only in Connecticut, but across the country.
Hwang says just last month the opening of the new Sandy Hook School was impacted by a terror call, but the perpetrator was tracked down and arraigned yesterday.
The new law received overwhelming bipartisan support and was backed by local school superintendents, law enforcement officials, and parents.
Hwang says the new law sends a message that Connecticut has zero tolerance for school threats. He says this is not a prank or joking matter, but one of significant impact and consequences to the well being of communities.