Florida Department of Juvenile Justice announces new awareness campaign

Florida Department of Juvenile Justice announces new awareness campaign

Tallahassee, Fl (treasurecoast.com) – The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice announced a new awareness campaign aimed at addressing school threats made by students in Florida. The “It’s No Joke” campaign aims to dissuade youth from making school threats, because doing so can lead to being arrested and charged with a felony.

“We want young people in Florida to understand that, in today’s environment, every threat is taken very seriously and, even if made in jest, can lead to devastating consequences,” said DJJ Secretary Simone Marstiller. “There is nothing funny about threatening a school, and there is nothing funny about being charged with a felony.  We want young people to think twice before casually threatening violence in their schools.”

School related offenses include making false reports concerning a bomb, explosives, or firearms and possessing or discharging weapons or firearms on school property on a school-sponsored event. The “It’s No Joke” awareness campaign seeks to educate youth and parents that even threats made online, including on social media and gaming sites, can lead to a youth being charged with a felony offense.

The number of Florida youth charged with school threat related offenses has risen steadily in the last three years. In 2016-2017, 629 youth were charged with school threat related offenses, followed by 687 youth in 2017-2018, and 779 youth in 2018-2019.

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