Arkansas Code Title 5. Criminal Offenses § 5-17-101. Death threats concerning a school employee or student

(a) A person commits the offense of communicating a death threat concerning a school employee or student if:

(1) The person communicates to any other person a threat to cause the death of a school employee or student;

(2) The threat involves the use of a firearm or other deadly weapon;

(3) A reasonable person would believe the person making the threat intends to carry out the threat;

(4) The person making the threat purposely engaged in conduct that constitutes a substantial step in a course of conduct intended to culminate in the commission of the threatened act;  and

(5) There is a close temporal relationship between the threatened act and the substantial step.

(b) Conduct is not a substantial step under this section unless the conduct is strongly corroborative of the person's criminal purpose.

(c) Communicating a death threat concerning a school employee or student is a Class D felony.

(d) As used in this section, “school” means any:

(1) Elementary school, junior high school, or high school;

(2) Technical institute or post-secondary vocational-technical school;  or

(3) Two-year or four-year college or university.


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