Wake Co. schools want added penalties for bomb threats

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Wake County Superintendent Dr. James Merrill is proposing adding a fine to the list of punishments for people who call in a bomb threat or any kind of threat to a Wake County school.

Media outlets report that Tuesday, the Wake County school board's policy committee backed changes in the Code of Student Conduct that would stiffen consequences for making threats that lead to school evacuations. The district has received 22 threats to schools in October and November, leading to four evacuations.

The policy doesn't list a specific restitution amount. If the student couldn't afford to pay the amount, a process would allow the student to get a waiver and perform an alternative service.

The policy change will go to the full school board for approval in January.

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