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The author is a former teacher and school administrator 


Since the school shooting in Florida, there have been a plethora of school terroristic threats around the state in both urban and rural communities.

After such an incident, it is not uncommon for schools to see an increase in this type of behavior, but social media proliferates threats as a force multiplier. Unfortunately, some are trying to capitalize on such events to gain notoriety, but such fame can come at a cost.

What may appear to be a joke, does have serious consequences. So what are the penalties? It depends on the nature of the threat.

  • 1-10 years in jail with a $5000 penalty
  • Potential aggravated assault charges
  • A criminal attempt at murder
  • Transmitting a false alarm
  • Terroristic threats
  • Potential charges for cruelty to children
  • Mental anguish damages

Ignorance of the law is not justification for ill-conceived threats. No threat should be considered empty. Georgia law recognizes such threats mostly as a felony. If you see/hear something, please alert school and law enforcement officials.

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Jeremy Spencer
Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. He and his wife have lived in Camden County for 17 years, and they have two teenage children. Jeremy and his family live in St. Marys, GA and attend the Harbor Worship Center in Kingsland.

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