“On Nov. 30, 11 people were shot, four fatally, at Oxford High School, about 45 miles north of Detroit. The crime scene investigation understandably closed the school for a week. Threats of copycat violence then closed the school again.
Shooting threats typically increase after a high-profile school shooting because the public is on high alert and violence is socially contagious. Michigan’s online threat reporting system received more than 3,000 anonymous tips after the Oxford shooting. Many threats were hoaxes or not credible, but officials closed schools anyway out of an abundance of caution…”
The following article written by David Riedman, James Densley, and Jillian Peterson discusses the increasing problem of school shooting threats, their research behind school shooting threats, and provide insight into how schools can support students for threat prevention.
Authors: David Riedman, James Densley and Jillian Peterson
Source: Star Tribune