New York State Senate just passed legislation that would increase the penalty for all threats of violence on school grounds from a misdemeanor to a felony.
Senator Patrick Gallivan proposed the bill, saying, "Anyone who threatens violence against a school, its students or staff must be dealt with seriously and should be charged accordingly."
The current law doesn't treat all threats of school violence equally. The new bill would branch all threats on school grounds together into a felony, and not a misdemeanor.
The bill now has been passed along to the Assembly.