Tennessee Code Title 39. Criminal Offenses § 39-13-114

(a) For purposes of this section, “school” means any:

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

(2) College of applied technology or postsecondary vocational or technical school;  or

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

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

(1) The person communicates to another a threat to cause the death of or serious bodily injury to a school employee and the threat is directly related to the employee's scope of employment;

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

(3) The person to whom the threat is made reasonably believes that the person making the threat intends to carry out the threat;  and

(4) The person making the threat intentionally engages in conduct that constitutes a substantial step in the commission of the threatened act and the threatened act and the substantial step when taken together:

(A) Are corroborative of the person's intent to commit the threatened act;  and

(B) Occur close enough in time to evidence an intent and ability to commit the threatened act.

(c) Communicating a death threat concerning a school employee is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of thirty (30) days.


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