NC Lawmakers: Parents should be financially responsible for school threats

Some lawmakers in North Carolina are pushing a new idea to make parents financially responsible for the additional resources a school uses after a threat of violence is made. 

Commissioners in Harnett County said if your child were to make a school shooting threat or bomb threat, you as the parent would have to foot the bill.

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Area leaders estimate that ‘the bill’ could cost upwards of $30,000 – from the cost of gas in police cruisers to the overtime paid to resource officers, teachers, and other school staff.

Government leaders in Mecklenburg County are reluctant to the idea, stating they'd have to consider parents who are already under financial hardship and might now have the ability to foot the bill, putting further strain on the family and ultimately the child.