This morning an undisclosed number of Amity High School students and staff received a menacing message stating that there would be a shooting at noon today.
The message was poorly composed with capital and lower case letters with the appearance of a 1970s ransom note.
Editor’s notes: These are the sort of messages you will see originating from nasties overseas with no punctuation marks, and misspellings (reciving, shootig, occir, and MEGA).
Even though initially there was no way to know if this was a credible threat by an ill intentioned individual or a hoax by an insecure attention-seeking hacker, Amity administrators and law enforcement officials had no choice but to take it seriously and to do everything possible to keep everyone safe.
The Woodbridge Police were on site at the High School all day investigating the incident.
The job isn’t over after school lets out for the day. The Cyber crimes investigation will continue until authorities can determine the source of the messages. Was he or she a local citizen or a Russian cad looking to stir things up. Did it originate in North Korea or China?
The Woodbridge Police and other authorities have their hands full with this one, and the ne’re do well who caused all the ruckus today will pay dearly for the threat with jail time and fines, along with possible charges of threatening, breach of peace, etc.
Making criminal threats is a wobbler offense under PC 422, meaning it could be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony based on the severity of the crime and the individual’s criminal record.
A misdemeanor conviction carries up to 364 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines, while a felony conviction is punishable by up to three years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine.