In just a few seconds, a student can tap out a short message to send by social media, via text message, or through an email. However, if that message is an alarming threat, angry words that seem threatening, or a menacing meme or photo, those few seconds could lead to a lifetime of consequences for a young person.
And, here’s the thing. A kid doesn’t have to mean it or be able to carry out their threat for it to be a very serious offense. Just like a verbal or written threat, issuing a digital threat— over social media, via text message, or through email— is a federal crime. Even if the threat is a hoax, those who post or send threats can receive up to five years in federal prison, face state or local charges, and have school disciplinary consequences. Click here to learn more.
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Gwinnett County Board of Education
Carole C. Boyce, 2018 Chairman, District I; Steven B. Knudsen, District II;
Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, District III; Everton Blair, Jr., District IV; and Louise Radloff, District V
J. Alvin Wilbanks, CEO/Superintendent
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