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Attorney General Dana Nessel speaks out against false threats

Dana Nessel announcing her bid for Michigan attorney general in 2017.
Dana Nessel announcing her bid for Michigan attorney general in 2017.

With the memory of November’s mass shooting at Oxford High School still lingering in the minds of educators and students across the state. Michigan’s Attorney General is reminding everyone that false threats carry heavy penalties.

In a video posted this week, Dana Nessel said the age of people who make threats will not lessen the punishment.

“The old adage of kids will be kids does not apply when our schools, students, teachers and staff are threatened pranks and idle threats will be taken seriously and will have serious consequences”

Nessel says calling in fake warnings of shootings or bombs is a felony, with prison sentences of up to 20 years.

Last month, nearly two dozen students were charged in Wayne County alone after a wave of fake threats closed schools.