Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman signed a bill March 13 making school bomb threats a class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Siegelman signed the bill at Charles Henderson Middle School in Troy, which was disrupted by a bomb threat last year.

“As I said in my State of the State Address, we will raise the stakes on those who endanger the lives of our school children by making school bomb threats a felony,” Siegelman said. “If you even so much as threaten Alabama school children, you will face up to 10 years in prison.”

In the 1998-99 school year, 66 bomb threats were reported at Alabama schools, according to the state Department of Education.