Governor signs bill updating school threat penalties into law

Posted: 1:35 PM, Mar 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-23 19:35:06Z

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has signed a bill strengthening punishments for people who make threats against schools.  

Prior to the signing of House Bill 665 , prosecutors could not bring charges against someone who threatens a school while off-campus or through social media. 

The new law also makes it a misdemeanor for making a threat that disrupts school activities. The law also makes it a felony offense if a person who made the threat was found to have a firearm or other deadly weapons. 

The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Pat McDonald, R-Boise, and co-sponsored by Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls, and was backed by the Idaho Fraternal Order of Police.

The bill contained an emergency clause so that the new law goes into effect upon signing.