Wake schools could fine students for making threats

— Making a threat against a school in Wake County could soon come with a big cost.

Wake County School District leaders said that they’re noticing an uptick in threats made against schools and Monday, the board of education discussed ways to stop the trend and penalties for those who make threats.

Emergency workers must rush to a school after a threat is made and, in some cases, buildings must be emptied out to ensure students are safe. During the months of Oct. and Nov., district officials said 19 threats were made on high schools and four threats on middle schools. Schools were evacuated in four of those cases.

Responding to false threats costs emergency workers and the school system. A new proposal would allow the superintendent to put a dollar amount on those losses and charge the student and their parents for it.

“Threats that result in the evacuation of a school, sometimes it is a bomb threat, sometimes it is a threat to shoot up a school or commit violence against the school, student body or faculty,” said Wake County Public School System chief of staff and strategic planning Marvin Connelly of the offenses that could carry a fine.

The superintendent can also suggest long-term suspensions for students who make threats.

The school board still needs to vote on the proposal.

,Wake County School District leaders said that they’re noticing an uptick in threats made against schools and Monday, the board of education discussed ways to stop the trend and penalties for those who make threats.

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