In the aftermath of the Jokela mass homicide, Finnish schools continue to receive hoax threats disrupting school activities. Some threats have led to evacuation of school premises. The Finnish ministry of the interior has now published a plea for threats against schools to cease.
The police are reminding prospective perpetrators that even a groundless threat can constitute a menace, punishable by a fine or by imprisonment for up to two years. An offender can also be held liable for substantial damages, and to top off the sanctions, can lose his computer to the state as the means of commission.
Last but not least, the police also emphasize the ethic and moral aspects of disturbing school activities, tying up emergency workers who might be badly needed elsewhere, and causing emotional hardship to the Jokela community in mourning.
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