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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Death Journal

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Robin Lyons blogBLOG POST #193: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving two 17-year-old high school students.

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Revenge At The High School

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #187: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a high school custodian.

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Inducing Panic

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And yet, with all the sadness and fear during that time, 14 days after the Parkland shooting, an 18-year-old high school student posted on social media a warning that he was going to kill two specific staff members on Monday.

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Teenager’s Escalating Behavior

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Robin Lyons Blog PostIf you listen to the mainstream news, it’s been a rough week. There was another school shooting. A North Carolina sophomore shot and killed a classmate.

When the school representative was interviewed, he said it started with bullying and escalated from there.

So far this year, in the U.S., there have been 22 school shootings resulting in 35 people killed—28 were students, and 77 people injured. That’s beyond sad.

It makes me wonder if our correctional system has more young people incarcerated than ever before. The case referenced in this post is part of the equation.

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