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Threatening Mass Violence On School Property Elevated To Felony In Bill Approved Today

House Bill 670, which makes it a felony to communicate a threat of mass violence on school or religious property, was amended and approved by the Senate this week, passed a vote of concurrence in the House, and was ultimately sent to the Governor’s desk this morning.

The bill also does the following:

  1. Provides for a conditional discharge of persons convicted of those offenses when the offense is committed under the age of 20 by providing that they must do the following: The defendant would be required to be placed on supervised probation for at least one year, complete a minimum of 30 hours of community service, obtain a mental health evaluation, and comply with any treatment recommended as a result of the mental health evaluation.
  2. Calls for an expunction of the records of the discharge and dismissal obtained.
  3. Requires a judge to set conditions of pretrial release for those offenses.

The North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA) supports this legislation and had requested its passage as part of our school safety recommendations.

The bill would become effective December 1, 2018 and apply to offenses committed on or after that date. Click here to view the bill summary.

 

Jacqueline wyatt | NCASA