CRIME

Fake threats, real consequences: FBI warns people against hoax school threats

May 23, 2018, 4:24 PM | Updated: 4:37 pm
...

SALT LAKE CITY – Even if it’s meant as a joke, the FBI isn’t laughing.

The bureau is launching a new campaign aimed at tracking down people who are making false threats against schools.  They say a small action can lead to a lifetime of consequences.

The bureau’s new campaign, “Think Before You Post” is a response to a troubling trend that happens after all school shootings.

“Following each one of these tragic events, there’s a rash of hoax threats,” according to Assistant Special Agent in Charge Dan Brady.

The PSA shows the story of one man, who admits he posted an online threat to his college when he “wanted to vent.” The man says, “The university got shut down.  I got arrested by the FBI, and now, I don’t know what my future looks like.”

Brady says some people post hoax threats as a joke.  Others want attention.  Others want to scare their community.  However, there is a possibility that a fake threat could lead to something much more serious.

“It can be a first step to some violent action.  It could be a violent thought that they act out by way of a hoax that could later become a violent action,” Brady says.

The possible sentence for a hoax threat can be a stiff one.  Brady says it could add up to five years behind bars, and that’s just for making the threat.

“They don’t intend for anybody to get hurt, but, sometimes, people do get hurt.  If there is an injury as result of a hoax threat, the penalties can range above five years and even up to 20 years,” he says.

Today’s Top Stories

Crime

Police in Elko, Nev., are seeking the public's assistance in locating a suspect in connection to fi...
Mark Jones

Nevada police searching for suspect who fired into at least three buildings

Police in Elko, Nevada, say someone shot a firearm into at least three different businesses on Monday night. Police say there were no injuries reported.
1 day ago
Ron and Sy Snarr, of Salt Lake City, talk on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, about how they forgave Jorge Be...
Amy Donaldson

“The Letter” – After the murder of Zachary Snarr, a family tries to rebuild

A family realizes that returning to a sense of normalcy after the death of Zachary Snarr is a complicated and lonely road.
1 day ago
An officer is in stable condition after a shooting that left one dead on Sept. 27, 2022. (Adam Smal...
Amie Schaeffer

Officer-involved shooting kills one, sends officer to hospital

A South Salt Lake Police officer is in the hospital after a shots were exchanged overnight. One person kiled.
1 day ago
Salt Lake City Police responded to five different incidents involving weapons on Monday, Sept. 26, ...
Mark Jones

Salt Lake City Police respond to five different incidents with weapons

Salt Lake City Police responded to five different incidents Monday involving a weapon.
2 days ago
Aaron Lowe...
Waverly Golden

One year since the passing of Utah football player Aaron Lowe

A year ago, University of Utah defensive back Aaron Lowe was fatally shot in a Sugar House neighborhood following a house party.
2 days ago
Police SUV...
Amie Schaeffer

Woman dies in SLC shooting, suspect arrested

A shooting in Salt Lake City on Sunday killed a woman. Authorities are looking into the possibility this is a domestic-related homicide.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Fake threats, real consequences: FBI warns people against hoax school threats