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A study of violent threats to schools shows nearly a third of those incidents were delivered by social media and other electronic means.

Ken Trump, an internationally recognized expert in school safety and security based in Cleveland, studied threats to schools over a six moth period from August 2013 through January 2014.

The number of bomb threats, shootings, acts of violence and hoaxes sent via electronic means accounted for a third of the 315 nationally documented threats.

“The difference is today, unlike back in the days of Columbine, schools administrators have to have crisis communications plans, social media and online presence so they can communicate as fast with parents, the media and community as the kids and parents are,” said Trump, president and CEO of National School Safety and Security Services.

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Many of the reports turned out to be false reports. Seventeen threats were considered serious because of the type of threat or because violence was involved.

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