Nationwide School Threats Prompt Question; When To Close School Following Threat?

Monday was the 3rd anniversary of the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20 children and six adults were killed by an armed gunman, Adam Lanza. Several threats across the nation this week. Including a threat in Atlanta that prompted extra police presence at an Atlanta area school Thursday. And some overnight in Indianapolis.

Several threats to schools across the nation this week, Los Angeles choosing to close it’s schools Tuesday morning, and New York and Dallas remaining open.

Are school threats on the rise?

National School Safety and Security Services, Ohio topped the list of threats followed by California, Pennsylvania, New York and Florida.

With the highest threats happening from August 1st-December 31st 2014, up 158% over the year before nationwide.

More than a third of the threats were sent electronically via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or apps. About 30 percent of the schools evacuated and 10 percent closed, many unnecessarily.

Mike Turner, DD2 Security Coordinator, “The actual concerns for law enforcement.. emergency managers…are the threats that you don’t know about.. the individuals or small group of people that are planning something.. the majority of threats that you see are communicated via computer, social media outlets…most of those are hoaxes.”

At what point do you shut down the school or cancel school after a threat? They say they report each and every threat to law enforcement.

“Has to be a credible threat…that’s an easy thing to say but there is a lot of work that goes into determining whether the threat is credible or unfounded…that’s a lot of investigative time and research, analysis.. but it is a CREDIBLE threat before you interrupt a business school day or anything like that.”

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