2019 Tennessee Code
Title 39 - Criminal Offenses
Chapter 13 - Offenses Against Person
Part 1 - Assaultive Offenses
§ 39-13-114. Communicating a threat concerning a school employee.

Universal Citation: TN Code § 39-13-114 (2019)
  • (a) For purposes of this section, “school” means any:

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

    • (2) College of applied technology or postsecondary vocational or technical school; or

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

  • (b) A person commits the offense of communicating a threat concerning a school employee if:

    • (1) The person communicates to another a threat to cause the death of or serious bodily injury to a school employee and the threat is directly related to the employee's scope of employment;

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

    • (3) The person to whom the threat is made reasonably believes that the person making the threat intends to carry out the threat; and

    • (4) The person making the threat intentionally engages in conduct that constitutes a substantial step in the commission of the threatened act and the threatened act and the substantial step when taken together:

      • (A) Are corroborative of the person's intent to commit the threatened act; and

      • (B) Occur close enough in time to evidence an intent and ability to commit the threatened act.

  • (c) Communicating a death threat concerning a school employee is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of thirty (30) days.

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