Safety and Security Corner

What is your child saying online and on social media?

The Internet and new technology are very valuable tools that generate positive opportunities.  However, they also create some risks because many teens do not know how to properly use them.  Some of the programs and apps include “Instagram”, "Snapchat", "Twitter", and “Facebook”.  We have provided some resources below that will hopefully educate you and your child regarding the Internet.  We strongly encourage you to review this information with your son or daughter, and also set clear guidelines and boundaries for safe Internet use.  Please feel free to contact your child’s school counselor if you have any questions or concerns.

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.
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