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FBI: Status update on La. school threats and warning from law enforcement

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In the wake of the tragic shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, there has been an overwhelming increase in threats to schools across the United States, according to a spokesman for the FBI New Orleans Field Office.

Since February 14, these threats have impacted a significant number of schools in Louisiana, requiring law enforcement agencies to respond and investigate these potential threats.

Over the last four weeks, Louisiana law enforcement officers have responded to more than 106 school threats. Of the 106 calls threatening violence in or near schools, officers were able to identify the perpetrator and arrested 62 individuals. Those arrested ranged in age from 11 to 28 years old, most of which were juveniles, stated the spokesman. 

Most of the arrestees were charged with terrorizing. In cases where social media was utilized, suspects could also face federal charges.

As shown by the number of arrests already affected by Louisiana law enforcement agencies, school threats are being taken seriously, and a zero-tolerance policy is in place. All threats will generate law enforcement response, leading to an immediate investigation, to include swift and severe criminal charges.

If it is discovered during the course of an investigation a false school threat was intentionally reported, prosecution will be considered, according to the FBI.

The FBI New Orleans Field Office and the Louisiana State Police urge the public that if you See Something Say Something, and to report all suspected school or similar threats to law enforcement immediately.

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