After Florida shooting, schools report dozens of threats
12:08 PM, Feb 21, 2018
After the massacre in Florida last week, schools have faced dozens of incidents involving a threat or a weapon on campus.
Nationwide, schools have reported at least 56 such incidents since the February 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida, including threats via social media networks such as Snapchat and Instagram, according to CNN and affiliate reporting.
Some were reported in Florida, including in Broward County, where a gunman killed 17 people last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But incidents happened in other states as well, including Texas, Virginia and California.
Though some turned out to be hoaxes, they prompted lockdowns and led classes to be canceled as a precaution.
Here are some takeaways from the incidents reported after the Florida shooting:
Several reports in Houston area
In the Houston area alone, at least seven incidents involving a threat or a weapon have been reported since the Florida shooting, a CNN tally shows.
These include a school lockdown over a gun found in a 17-year-old student's jacket the morning afterward.
Authorities discovered the gun during a regular student screening at a Houston school, CNN affiliate KPRC reported.
In nearby Richmond, Texas, a 14-year-old student posted an image of a shotgun on Snapchat and warned students not to come to school the next day. The student was charged with making a terrorist threat, authorities said.
Another student, 15, was arrested Friday after he said on Snapchat, "You think you've seen a threat, I'll show you a threat." The message included a video of himself at a gun range shooting an AR-15 -- the same weapon used in the Parkland shooting.
The student was detained and charged with making a terroristic threat, theFort Bend County, Texas, Sheriff's Office said.
"This is not a game or a way to get attention," said Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls. "I once again urge parents to have a conversation with their children regarding the seriousness of threatening posts."
Threats in Florida after mass shooting
In Broward County, a sixth-grader who threatened to kill students at a Lauderdale Lakes school this week was arrested and faces a felony charge of intimidation.
The 13-year-old said the post was a joke, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said, warning that those who make such threats will be prosecuted.
"Threats will be thoroughly investigated," it said.