A new push on social media is hoping to cut back on recent school threats. The FBI Las Vegas has been using the hashtag #ThinkBeforeYouPost to send a message to students across the valley.
Hoax threats against schools and other public places are not a joke - they can disrupt class time, waste law enforcement resources, put first responders in unnecessary danger, and cause emotional distress to victims. #ThinkBeforeYouPost pic.twitter.com/qiB2W8pXDn
— FBI Las Vegas (@FBILasVegas) October 16, 2018
The FBI is focusing on social media with this campaign because they say that is where they can reach the most amount of teenagers.
They created the hashtag to let students know that if they make any sort of threat, whether it's real or fake, they could face up to five years in prison.
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"There are consequences to sharing posts or just putting something on there," says Sandy Breault with FBI Las Vegas. "You may not mean anything by it, but once it's out there, it's out there."
Representatives with the FBI Las Vegas says fake threats waste resources, put law enforcement in danger, and put stress on other students.