Idaho House OKs bill updating school threat penalties

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's House has advanced legislation cracking down on people who make threats against schools.

House lawmakers on Friday agreed to send the measure to the Senate after lengthy debate that focused largely on the growing threat of school shootings and the best ways to combat them.

Currently, Idaho law prevents prosecutors from bringing charges against someone who threatens a school while off-campus or through social media. The statute hasn't been updated in more than 10 years.

HB 665 would make it a misdemeanor for making a threat that disrupts school activities. It also changes the law to make it a felony offense if that person who made the threat was found to have a firearm or other deadly weapons.

The proposal is backed by the he Fraternal Order of Police.

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