School threat leads to social media safety warning

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

'Why is everyone saying don't go to school tomorrow? People are saying there's gonna be a shooting...'

These are just a few of the mass messages that had many students, and parents at Truesdell middle school, fearful Sunday night.

The threat turned out to be false. 

"Think before you post. Think about who you're going to hurt, think about the consequences of what you're going to say when you post something online," says Terri Moses.

Moses, the director of safety for Wichita public schools, had a long night. Now she's urging everyone to consider the weight of social media.

"Communication is the most important tool that we have as human beings. What we found is somebody miss-posted something, added something, and it was a case of taking a simple post and turning it into so much more," says Moses.

Moses says parents can, and should, play an active role in their kids social media safety.


"We recommend that you monitor every day their cell phone activity and if you do it at the very beginning as part of the agreement for them to have the phone, it just becomes natural."

A momentary decision behind a screen...comes with long term consequences.

"It just disrupts the entire school environment because of this. It's unwanted, unneeded, and if we find out who makes these threats, which we have before, we'll arrest you and make a case for criminal threats," says Capt. Allred, Wichita Police Department.
 
"It causes anxiety for other students in the school, it causes students to miss instructional time which is so important , and at other levels we see people who don't get jobs because of something they did online," says Moses.
 

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