2021 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 (2021)
  1. 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.

  2. 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:

      1. Are corroborative of the person's intent to commit the threatened act; and

      2. Occur close enough in time to evidence an intent and ability to commit the threatened act.

  3. 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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