NYPD has received 18 percent more threats of school violence this year than last: report
The New York Police Department (NYPD) fielded 334 threats of violence against schools since September, an 18 percent increase from the last school year, according to the New York Post.
The NYPD did not provide the Post with the number of arrests linked to the threats. In the 2016 to 2017 school year, 282 threats were received.
New York City schools reported threats for three consecutive days the week after the recent Santa Fe, Texas, shooting, which left ten dead.
The threats came by phone, letter, email, social media and even verbally, NYPD spokeswoman Sgt. Jessica McRorie told the Post.
The school that President Trump’s son Barron once attended was one of the schools evacuated and closed after the words “shooting today at 12:45” were found written on campus. The school reopened the following day and there is an ongoing investigation, the Post reported.
The Post pointed out that schools have a wide range of policies in place for dealing with threats of violence at school, but the threat is becoming more deadly.
A new study found that more students have died because of school shootings in the past 18 years than in the entire twentieth century.
After the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in February, which left 17 people dead, a national debate over the best way to address school shootings reignited with student survivors leading a push for stronger gun restrictions.