Sprout
What verbal or written threat?
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:27pm
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"Doing something stupid" in and of itself isn't necessarily a threat.... because while "doing something stupid" COULD be interpreted as an intent to shoot people, it COULD also be interpreted as an intent to run across the football field naked at the Friday night game. In this case, we have the advantage of hindsight, but PRIOR to the action, could it be PROVEN in any sort of legally actionable manner that "doing something stupid" ACTUALLY represented a threat?

Now, we certainly don't have the entire text of the note that was passed to the counselor. And it MIGHT have contained an actual threat to commit a violent and/or criminal act. If it DID in fact contain such a threat, it would pretty clearly be legally actionable both by the school administration and by law enforcement.

The hard part is showing that the threat IS viable in order to justify seizing property or otherwise intervening.