El Paso Police Talk School Threats After Florida High School Massacre
Social media threats against El Paso schools have been making the rounds since the school shooting on Valentine's Day in Florida. The El Paso Police Department has a couple of tips about what to do if you see a threat on social media. There are also some tips on what to do and not to do if, God forbid, your child is ever caught in a school shooting situation.
If you see a threat on social media:
1. Do not share the threat - Police say the more shares a threat gets, the more difficult it is to determine where the threat originally came from.
2. Do report the threat immediately to police - Police need to see the threat as it originally got posted, so either call 9-1-1 or the non-emergency number to report the threat. The non-emergency number is 915-832-4400.
3. Tell your kids the consequences of making a threat - Your child could be charged with making a terroristic threat or making a false threat.
If your child is caught in a school shooting:
1. Don’t use social media. The shooter could also be on social media and get your child’s location.
2. Don’t try to film the situation. It’s like driving and texting, and in this situation your child needs to be focused on surviving, not filming.
3. El Paso police say they know that kids would want to alert their parents and law enforcement, but a ringing phone or text alert could give a child’s position away to a shooter.
Police say that the important thing is to be safe, and that might mean putting down the phone instead of trying to contact someone or film what is happening.