Cybersafe Parent: Police responding to ‘copy cat’ school threats


Across the United States, police are investigating what they call ‘copy cat’ threats against schools.

Evansville Police Detective Bryan Brown says parents need to be aware of what their kids are doing on social media.

Brown says it’s a privilege, not a right, for young kids to have a phone and internet access.

If kids aren’t mature enough to handle social media, Brown says parents need to do them a favor and take the phones away.

“Kids are doing this because they don’t want to take a test. You’re putting yourself in a situation where you’re going to be charged with a felony, most likely, and any chance of getting out of that is slim and none with the environment we’re in today. It’s not going to be taken lightly,” says Brown.

Brown says EPD and detectives across the country work closely with Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets to track down threats as fast as possible.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 22, 2018) 

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