Making a threat against another via social media, especially if the threat is aimed at a school or students at the school, is taken seriously and often results in charges of Interference with Staff, Faculty, or Students of Educational Institutions. A 14-year-old boy is facing these charges after using Snapchat to threaten two of his classmates. According to the report, the boy threatened to bring a machete to his high school and kill two particular students. The Snapchat was reported and police took the boy into custody. While the boy claims his message was just a joke, he had threatened to kill the students on Monday. He was arrested the Sunday before.
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Douglas County Interference with Staff, Faculty, or Students of Educational Institutions Definition
The Douglas and Arapahoe County, Colorado law definition of Interference with Staff, Faculty, or Students of Educational Institutions as it relates to making threats under C.R.S. 18-9-109 – is:
“A person shall not knowingly make or convey to another person a credible threat to cause death or to cause bodily injury with a deadly weapon against:
(I) A person the actor knows or believes to be a student, school official, or employee of an educational institution; or
(II) An invitee who is on the premises of an educational institution.
For purposes of this subsection, “credible threat” means a threat or physical action that would cause a reasonable person to be in fear of bodily injury with a deadly weapon or death.”
Based on the information provided in the article, threatening to kill someone with a deadly weapon would meet the criteria for credible threat.
Sentence for Interference with Students of Educational Institution by Threats in Jefferson County
As a class 1 misdemeanor in Jefferson and Adams County, Interfering with Staff, Faculty, or Students of an Educational Institution is punishable by 6 to 18 months in the Adams County Jail and up to $5,000 in fines. This is, of course, if the person charged was an adult. A juvenile case for this type of charge would be handled differently.
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