2020 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
- For purposes of this section, “school” means any:
- Elementary school, middle school or high school;
- College of applied technology or postsecondary vocational or technical school; or
- Two-year or four-year college or university.
- A person commits the offense of communicating a threat concerning a school employee if:
- 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;
- The threat involves the use of a firearm or other deadly weapon;
- The person to whom the threat is made reasonably believes that the person making the threat intends to carry out the threat; and
- 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:
- Are corroborative of the person's intent to commit the threatened act; and
- Occur close enough in time to evidence an intent and ability to commit the threatened act.
- 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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