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Hoax threats at Chicago-area schools have students and staff worried and law enforcement on high alert. part of a worrying nationwide trend which began in September, experts note.
These threats, in addition to being disruptive and extremely stressful, can cause “threat fatigue,” experts say, and have affected various suburbs and at least one Chicago public school in the past few weeks. They become a waste of resources for law enforcement agencies and, according to experts, can cost six figures.
The FBI’s Chicago office received about 84 reports of “incidents,” meaning reports of some type of threat targeting a school, substantiated or unsubstantiated, between October 2021 and September 2022, FBI spokeswoman Siobhan Johnson said. Between January 2023 and March 3, they received about 10 incident reports per month, Johnson said.
If the reports continue at this rate, it will be about 42% growth.
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