News 5 Investigates: Possible jail time and fines for those who make school threats

Mobile County
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MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — There have been three threats to schools in Mobile County in the past week, all from juveniles on social media.

A student can get sent to jail and pay a fine if found guilty of making a terroristic threat, a class C felony in the state of Alabama.

You can face the same consequences for even reposting that threat on your social media.

Mobile County Public Schools tells News 5 that Mobile Police arrested a Causey Middle School student Wednesday. They’re charged with making a terroristic threat. 

“We have increased security on campus, we have extra resource officers, police officers to make sure our students are safe,” The Director of Security for the school district, Andy Gatewood tells News 5. “We always mirror police. If they decide a student or anyone has committed a particular crime, then that’s exactly how we deal with a student in the school system.”

In other words, if you threaten someone or repost a threat, not only could you head to jail and pay a fine but you could be suspended from school or even expelled. News 5 has reached out to county judges and the District Attorney’s office to find out what those exact fines and jail sentences are for juveniles. We are waiting to hear back. 

School district officials say if you hear or see a threat, you should immediately report it to an adult who should immediately report it to law enforcement.

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