The Hillsborough County School district and law enforcement released some eye-opening statistics this week. The district is averaging about two threats a day so far this school year.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Tampa Police Department, there have been at least 27 threats in just 13 school days.
Eakins said the numbers are escalating quicker this year, but this is far from a recent trend.
According to Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan, in the last year and a half, officers have responded to 72 school threats, arrested 20 people and taken 17 more into custody under the Baker Act.
According to the FBI, this is a problem nationwide following the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
Authorities want parents to remind students that charges can stay on their records — and that who do make threats are moved to alternative schools.
Source: Channel 13