Texas Bomb Threat Law- Kaufman Courthouse Edition
The Kaufman courthouse has been evacuated. Allegedly, someone called in a bomb threat.
Texas law makes it illegal to call in a fake bomb threat. Here is the law. The question is… is today’s bomb threat fake? I really hope so. And, is a courthouse a “public service”. If so, this is a State Jail Felony. If not, this is a misdemeanor.
§ 42.06. FALSE ALARM OR REPORT.
(a) A person commits an offense if he knowingly initiates, communicates or circulates a
report of a present, past, or future bombing, fire, offense, or
other emergency that he knows is false or baseless and that would
(1) cause action by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies;
(2) place a person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; or
(3) prevent or interrupt the occupation of a building, room, place of assembly, place to which the public has access, or aircraft, automobile, or other mode of conveyance.
(b) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor unless the false report is of an emergency involving a public primary or secondary school, public communications, public
transportation, public water, gas, or power supply or other public service, in which event the offense is a state jail felony