FBI: Posting hoax threats to schools not a joking matter

FBI: Posting hoax threats to schools not a joking matter
The FBI is warning people against posting hoax threats to schools and other public forums. (Source: FBI)

WASHINGTON, DC (KAIT) - If you are thinking about posting a hoax threat to schools or any other public place, federal law enforcement are wanting people to know that doing so can get you in a lot of trouble.

Officials with the FBI announced Thursday that law enforcement can see an increase in threats made, especially in the aftermath of the recent Parkland, Fla. and Santa Fe, Texas school shootings.

The hoaxes will not be tolerated, officials say.

"The FBI and our partners follow up on every tip we receive from the public, and analyze and investigate all threats to determine their credibility. Federal, state and local law enforcement then employ a full range of tools to mitigate those threats which are deemed credible," the FBI said in a statement Thursday. "Making false threats drains law enforcement resources and cost taxpayers a lot of money. When an investigation concludes there was a false or hoax threat made to a school or another public place, a federal charge could be considered, which carries a maximum of five years in prison. If a federal charge is not warranted, state charges can be considered."

Authorities also ask that if there is any reason to believe that a person's life is at risk, that people call 911, their local police department or the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

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