Truth or Dare: A School Threat

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BLOG POST #204: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a school threat.

Has your child’s school gone into lock-down mode because of a threat made against their school?

More and more, you hear about arrests for making threats. Kids make bold statements on social media. Other kids who’ve seen a threat are starting to become whistleblowers and it’s making a difference.

In the eyes of the law, it doesn’t matter if the threat is credible, retaliatory or a prank, it’s against the law.

When someone called the middle school and left a message threatening to kill everyone at the school on the first day back after the summer break, the police took the threat very serious.

They did a sweep for explosive devices at the middle school, and they increased the police presence at the school.

Two men suspected to have made the threats were apprehended. The police arrested both men. No evidence was found to substantiate the threat.

Dumb Stunt

It was reported, the two men had been playing ‘truth or dare.’ As a result, one called the school and left a threatening message.

The District Attorney’s office charged one of the men with obstructing a public officer, a misdemeanor.

The man who’d placed the threatening call later pleaded guilty to creating a terrorism hoax, which is a felony. He received a two-year prison sentence for his phone call prank. Upon his release, he’ll have three years of probation.

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Source: Norman Police Department Press Release, The Norman Transcript, CBS Oklahoma’s Own News 9

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