With urging from teachers, lawmakers in New Hampshire are considering a bill that would authorize stiffer criminal penalties for students who threaten other students and staff. Currently, some New Hampshire teachers argue, students who make threats in school face minimal consequences, and the problem is getting worse. However, critics of the bill worry that it would lead to students being charged for offenses that involve no actual violence or wrongdoing.
What’s your view? Do you think student threats in school should be punished as a criminal offense? How big a problem are student threats in school? How should they be handled?
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Talkback blog.