Are schools the targets for new hoax shooting and bomb threats?

Posted by on February 24, 2014

Our research has identified a disturbing emerging trend of hoax shooting and bomb threats targeting preK-12 schools. These threats are drawing heavy law enforcement responses to schools and creating anxiety among students, educators, and parents.

Recent examples include:

We have also found hoax threats made to schools as distractions for bank robberies.

These and other examples illustrate the importance of having school threat assessment protocols developed in cooperation with local law enforcement and other first responders.  All threats must be treated seriously. At the same time, having a clear process for threat assessment and well-trained threat assessment teams can help school and safety officials react cognitively, not emotionally, when threats are made against their schools and students.

Ken Trump

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