School Bomb Threats Are a Class E Felony
New York State legislation
passed in 1999 makes it a Class E felony for anyone
to issue a false bomb threat directed toward a
school in New York State. The law also includes the
crime of falsely reporting an incident of an
explosion, fire, or the release of a hazardous
substance. Individuals convicted of issuing a bomb
threat face felony criminal prosecution, as well as
a one-year suspension of their driver's license.
Persons may face youthful offender or
juvenile delinquency adjudication. This new law directs
that any bomb threat or falsely reporting an incident
unrelated to school grounds is now a Class A misdemeanor.
Related legislation was passed
permitting municipalities, fire districts, and other
emergency service providers to seek restitution costs
associated with their response to a bomb threat on school
grounds. The legislation allows for up to $10,000 in
restitution to be paid by any individual convicted of
reporting a false incident or bomb, and up to $5,000 to be
paid by the parents of a child who makes a false report.
Parents may make a hardship application to the Court for
judgments over $500.