Threat


Threat/Intimidation (TRE) - Level III

Definition:

A threat to cause physical harm to another person with or without the use of a weapon that includes all of the following elements: 1) intent-an intention that the threat is heard or seen by the person who is the object of the threat; 2) fear-a reasonable fear or apprehension by the person who is the object of the threat that the threat could be carried out; and 3) capability-the ability of the offender to actually carry out the threat directly or by a weapon or other instrument that can easily be obtained.

Examples

  • Student or other willfully and repeatedly following another or stalking with intent to cause the person to fear for his/her safety.
  • Student or other who willfully and repeatedly uses e-mail or text messages to cause another to fear for his/her safety or cause substantial emotional distress (cyber-stalking).

Additional Guidelines

Note: Any threat of violence towards the school, targeted groups, or individuals that does not contain the three elements of intent, fear, and capability, but does result in school disciplinary action and a Law Enforcement investigation, should be coded as Disruption on Campus-Major (DOC) if it causes a significant campus disruption.

Statutes

  • 784.011 Assault*
  • 784.021 Aggravated assault
  • 784.048 Stalking
  • 836.05 Threats; extortion
  • 836.10 Written threats to kill or do bodily injury...
  • 1006.135 Hazing at high schools...
  • *Per 1006.13, Florida Statutes, "Zero-tolerance policies do not require the reporting of petty acts of misconduct and misdemeanors to a law enforcement agency, including, but not limited to, disorderly conduct, disrupting a school function, simple assault or battery, affray, theft of less than $300, trespassing, and vandalism of less than $1,000." [1006.13(4)(c)]

Contact

Office of Safe Schools 325 West Gaines Street, Room 554 Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Phone: (850) 245-0416
Fax: (850) 245-9978

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