Juvenile Harassment in Washington
Because of the recent school shootings, schools and law enforcement agencies have adopted zero tolerance policies for threats to engage in school violence. Young children will be prosecuted for making threats to harm people at school even if they did not intend to carry out the threat or were only joking. A threat to harm any person at school, whether verbally or electronically communicated will expose a child to criminal arrest and prosecution.
Please note: Children and adults should report all complaints of bullying to school officials and/or law enforcement. A threat to engage in school violence is not an effective way to deal with incidents of bullying.
Summary of Washington Harassment Law:
A person is guilty of harassment (Gross Misdemeanor) if the person threatens to cause bodily injury to any other person or physical damage to the property of a person.
A person is guilty of harassment (Felony) if the person threatens to kill the person threatened or any other person.
Every person under the age of seventeen (17) convicted of a gross misdemeanor will face “local sanctions” in juvenile court, which consist of the following: (a) 0-30 days of confinement; (b) 0-12 months of community supervision; (c) 0-150 hours of community restitution; and/or (d) $0-$500 fine.
Every person over the age of eighteen (18) convicted of a gross misdemeanor will face imprisonment in a county jail as ordered by the court with a maximum of three hundred sixty-four days and/or a fine in an amount fixed by the court of not more than five thousand dollars ($5000).
Every person over the age of eighteen (18) convicted of a class C felony will face imprisonment in the Department of Corrections as ordered by the court with a maximum of five (5) years and a fine in an amount fixed by the court of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000).
Never threaten to harm or kill anyone
If you discover that you cannot control your anger, seek the advice of a trusted adult or school official
If you are a victim of bullying (or witness bullying), consult with a family member, school official, or law enforcement
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