Penalties and consequences that come with threatening school

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Since the Parkland shooting on Feb. 14 there have been at least nine different cases in the Lowcountry of threatening incidents towards schools or people inside of them.

The nine instances range from threats of violence towards the school, suspicious phones calls saying shooters are in place, to social media postings against other students.

This does not include the rumors against schools or districts.

A Berkeley County School District official said there have been two threats since Feb. 14 including an instance at Cane Bay High School where a man contacted the school stating shooters were in place to the shoot the windows out in the school.

Officials with Dorchester District 2 said in that time frame there have been three situations that occurred, all at the middle school level.

Those situations were social media posts against other students and were not threatening against life or harm and posed no danger to the school.

The Charleston County School District did not immediately respond to Live 5's request, but officials with North Charleston Police Department said there was an incident at North Charleston Elementary where a student brought an airsoft toy gun to school.

In Colleton County, the district did not immediately reply.

However, Colleton County Sheriff's office said Friday that a student was detained on school grounds after reports of a verbal threat to shoot up the school.

The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office said it looked into several rumors of school violence, but that was unsubstantiated.

Additionally, they said there were two cases of disturbing schools in the past week.

When it comes to threats against students or schools, attorney Arthur McFarland said the people who make the threats only get a misdemeanor.

McFarland said that equates to roughly a thousand dollar fine and possibly 30 days in jail

One mom says if she got a call something was happening at the school it would terrify her, and more should be done to people who call in the threat.

"I think a thousand dollars is not enough. really and truthfully to be honest with you," Engela Willis said."I remember as a child for me whenever I got in trouble or something like that it, I've realized it falls on the parents."

A bill going through the State House would make more severe penalties against students who make fake threats to schools.

The bill would give officers and deputies more tools to hold students who make fake threats accountable.

It was proposed by Charleston Sen. Sandy Senn.

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