Threats are Threats, even over the phone; Unlawful Communication in South Carolina

You know you can get into trouble for what you do, but did you also know you can get into trouble for what you say? This might seem like a no brainer, but how many times have you or someone you know sent an angry text message or made a phone call and said things without thinking? In South Carolina that “heat of the moment” text or phone call could lead to an Unlawful Communication Charge, and you could end up behind bars.
One South Carolina man learned this lesson the hard way when he made threatening phone calls to MUSC where according to an incident report from the MUSC Department of Public Safety, he threatened to shoot hospital security officers. The incident report also stated that he sounded intoxicated. This man is now facing charges of Unlawful use of the telephone, and he deserves it.
So, what’s the lesson to be learned here? You’re probably thinking from a common-sense standpoint; this guy is an idiot. You’re not wrong. However, this also implicates a much bigger problem. Remember, threats are threats even over the telephone, and they have to be taken seriously. This is exactly what authorities in South Carolina did, and this is the way such threats should be handled going forward.
Maybe this loser was just a drunk idiot and would not have committed the crime without government intervention, but in this day and age it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you receive a threat especially about gun violence, report it. If you are the angry person in that scenario, think twice about sending that heat of the moment text message, or making that phone call.