Social media threat against Pearl City High, copycat posts were bogus

Social media threat against Pearl City High, copycat posts were bogus
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The FBI says it has identified the person who made a social media threat against Pearl City High School this week, which triggered a series of copycat threats at campuses statewide.

The FBI said in a news release that none of the threats were credible.

The person who posted the initial threat did so as a “joke," the FBI said.

“In the aftermath of tragic shootings such as the one that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, the FBI and law enforcement around the country often see an increase in threats made to schools and other public forums,” the FBI Honolulu Office said, in the news release.

"The FBI and our partners follow up on every tip we receive from the public, and analyze and investigate all threats to determine their credibility."

It wasn’t immediately clear if federal or state charges would be pursued against the person who posted the hoax threat. The FBI noted that those who make threats against public places can face up to five years behind bars.

Meanwhile, Hawaii Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto is urging parents to talk to their children about the seriousness of posting threats on social media.

The spate of threats to schools this week prompted lockdowns and a police presence at a number of campuses.

In a letter home to parents Friday, Kishimoto also asked that parents not share social media threats they see, but screen shot them instead and report them to school officials and police.

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