2018 Arkansas Code
Title 5 - Criminal Offenses
Subtitle 2 - Offenses Against the Person
Chapter 17 - Death Threats
§ 5-17-101. Communicating a death threat concerning a school employee or student

Universal Citation: AR Code § 5-17-101 (2018)
  • (a) A person commits the offense of communicating a death threat concerning a school employee or student if:

    • (1) The person communicates to any other person a threat to cause the death of a school employee or student;

    • (2) The threat involves the use of a firearm or other deadly weapon;

    • (3) A reasonable person would believe the person making the threat intends to carry out the threat;

    • (4) The person making the threat purposely engaged in conduct that constitutes a substantial step in a course of conduct intended to culminate in the commission of the threatened act; and

    • (5) There is a close temporal relationship between the threatened act and the substantial step.

  • (b) Conduct is not a substantial step under this section unless the conduct is strongly corroborative of the person's criminal purpose.

  • (c) Communicating a death threat concerning a school employee or student is a Class D felony.

  • (d) As used in this section, "school" means any:

    • (1) Elementary school, junior high school, or high school;

    • (2) Technical institute or post-secondary vocational-technical school; or

    • (3) Two-year or four-year college or university.

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