Proposed School Threat Ordinance

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East Lansing students and staff may soon have to watch what they say even more closely.

A proposed city ordinance aims to make it easier to punish someone who intentionally causes fear for the safety of students or school personnel, either by something they say or do. The example given is someone praising a school violence situation like what recently happened at Virginia Tech.

Under state law, someone could be charged with a 20-year felony, but that rarely happens police say. This would make the offense easier to prosecute and punish. This ordinance, if adopted, would make the offense a 90-day misdemeanor.

East Lansing City Council members get their first look at the ordinance Tuesday night, and then they'll decide if they want to move it forward.

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