Law enforcement and school administrators nationwide have seen an increase in the number of social media posts threatening school violence, many of the posts share similar wording or are duplicative posts and not relating to verified threats.
The Ohio School Safety Center has confirmed that several posts regarding school threats (shooting and bomb threats) for Friday, December 17th, have been circulated on social media and reported in several other states. The OSSC is urging students, parents, and community members to report concerns immediately to authorities or to the school tip line instead of sharing the viral posts. With any threat, reporting the information to proper authorities will ensure the information gets to someone who can investigate it. Sharing the post on social media does not guarantee it will be received by authorities and will likely increase anxiety.
At this time, the OSSC is unaware of any information indicating credible or a specific threat to schools in Ohio. However, we encourage vigilance and the reporting of any threats or suspicious activity to authorities for vetting and investigation. Out of an abundance of caution we are sharing this information to raise awareness about these nonspecific potential threats.
As a reminder, students, parents and community members can utilize the free Safer Ohio School Tip Line to anonymously report threats to schools or students’ safety. The tip line is available by calling 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764).