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How local police handle school threats

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(WBNG) -- School threats continue to happen across the Southern Tier. Since the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on February 14, there have been more than a dozen school threats in our area.

Local law-enforcement has notified the public of 14 different incidents. Not all of them turned out to be credible, and not all of them resulted in arrests, but they were all investigated. 

Ages of those arrested in our area range from 8 years old to 21. Stopping school threats is easier said than done, Captain Jeffrey VanAuken of New York State Police says the biggest impact starts at home. 

"I think parents need to talk to their children about when these incidents occur," said Captain VanAuken. "Words matter. What they say matters. So even if they think they are making a joke, or being silly or something like that, if they communicate something that is violent in a school setting, then it is going to be investigated and there are going to be issues surrounding it."

Being arrested for making these threats can be life altering. It is a felony to make a terroristic threat. Prosecutors says that charges can carry up to seven years in prison.

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