In an effort to educate the public on the dangers of posting hoax threats, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has created the #ThinkBeforeYouPost campaign. It launched on Wednesday in the aftermath of school shootings like the ones that occurred at Sante Fe High School in Texas and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
The idea behind the campaign is to inform people about the consequences to posting hoax threats to schools and other public places. Additionally, the FBI hopes to remind everyone that hoax threats are serious. After recent school shootings, law enforcement has seen an increase in threats made to schools and other public settings.
A hoax threat carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Officials say if a federal charge is not warranted, state charges can be considered.
The FBI is asking for the public’s help with their campaign by contacting law enforcement to report any potential threats or suspicious activity. They say if there is reason to believe the safety of others is at risk to contact their local police department immediately or the FBI at tips.fbi.gov or over the phone (1-800-CALL-FBI).