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FBI warns hoax threats no joke

The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Wednesday a campaign to educate the public on the consequences of posting hoax threats to schools and other public places.

It's a reminder to communities that these hoax threats are not a joke, said Andrea Anderson, FBI spokesperson..

In the aftermath of tragic shootings, such as last Friday at Santa Fe High School and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the FBI and law enforcement around the country often see an increase in copycat threats made to schools and other public places. 

"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," Anderson said. "Federal, state, and local law enforcement then employ a full range of tools to mitigate those threats which are deemed credible. Making false threats drains law enforcement resources and costs taxpayers a lot of money." 

When an investigation concludes there was a hoax threat made to a school, or another public place, a federal charge could be filed, carrying a maximum prison sentence of five years. State charges could be filed if federal charges are not. 

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