An Increase In Bomb Threats: How Educational Institutions Need to Prepare and Communicate

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A recent study by the Educator’s School Safety Network notes that “bomb scares” have increased—more than 106 percent in the 2015-16 school year from the 2012-13 school year. Contrary to what many believe, phone and suspicious package threats aren’t just “end of school year” events designed to dodge exams, but appear evenly distributed across the full school year.

The study examines the trends and the evolving risks of school safety in the wake of terrorist attacks in both the U.S. and abroad, and reaches an alarming conclusion: “Based on our analysis of bomb threat data and trends, the sobering reality is that an explosive device WILL be detonated in an American school with significant consequences, and we must be ready.”

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