The Madison County Sheriff's Department is making it known that students that make any threats in a school or toward someone at school will face consequences. Police investigated a threat at Alton High School on Monday. There have been occasional threats of different kinds at various schools around the Riverbend in recent years.

Madison County Sheriff's Department Captain Mike Dixon tells The Big Z that anyone caught making a threat, even if they "don't really mean it" will be charged with a felony.

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He reminds any threat made, even if someone says they are joking, will be taken seriously. He says Making a Terroristic Threat can result in a 30-year prison sentence, and reminds there are people sitting in jail today that were put there due to making those kinds of threats. Students are urged to speak to an school administrator if they know of someone making a threat against the school.

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