Weatherford, TX: Mental health of students will be taken into consideration during school threats

Mar 15, 2018, Weatherford (TX) Democrat: DA: Mental health a factor in threat discipline All terroristic threats to the Weatherford Independent School District will be taken seriously, but mental health can play a role in how juveniles are punished in such instances, Parker County District Attorney Don Schnebly said. … Each case and punishment should be decided on an individual basis, and mental health is an important aspect of evaluating children who make threats that rise to the level of illegality, the district attorney said. “If children are struggling with mental health issues, they need to know of the services available to assist them,” he said. “Furthermore, anyone with knowledge of a particular threat should report the information immediately to law enforcement and school authorities.” Mental health will be taken into account when it comes to evaluating each juvenile, Schnebly said. … Punishment recommendations for the juveniles who have recently made terroristic threats to the school district could range from incarceration and probation to mental health treatment, Schnebly said. “The purpose of the juvenile justice system is to rehabilitate the offender,” Schnebly said. “‘Punishment’, which is called disposition, generally ranges from an informal probation at the low end of the spectrum through certification to stand trial as an adult at the high end. Other options include probation, placement at treatment facilities to address a juvenile’s needs, or commitment of a juvenile to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD), which is a analogous to juvenile prison.”