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Threats on the rise

Rucy Questad, Opinion editor

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  Seven threats in two days.

  Although most of them have been fake threats, why have there been so many in such a short amount of time?

  The recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla. has brought school shootings to the forefront of news. These threats have had parents worried for their children’s’ safety.

  There have been more school threats than ever before. One of the reasons for this increase is that social media is giving these threats more attention than they deserves.

  The only thing that should happen when there is a threat is to make parents, faculty, and the students involved aware of the situation.

  If the threat is only given negative attention and press, it might make a difference in how future situations are handled and policies that officials can work on implementing.

  One of these days there is going to be a real shooting and students might not take it seriously, thinking instead that it’s another school shooting threat. It’s like the story of the “Boy Who Cried Wolf.”

  It’s a good thing when the schools take threats to their students seriously. But maybe if there is less attention on the threats and more attention on how the person who made the threat was punished, it might help in deterring future threats.

 “I feel like these kids say such things because of the lack of attention they get at home or wanting to be heard to the point where they are willing to go as far as giving threats,” said senior Joshua Liddicoat. “Also, letting their emotions dictate their actions, which is no way to live a happy or full life.”

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