Contact Law Enforcement
Early intervention can prevent a situation from escalating by identifying, assessing, and managing the threat. If there is any reason to believe the safety of others is at risk, we ask that the public immediately reach out to their local police department by calling 911.
What Should You Do
- Don’t ever post or send any hoax threats online…period.
- If you are a target of an online threat, alert your local law enforcement immediately.
- If you see a threat of violence posted on social media, immediately contact local law enforcement or your local FBI office.
Notify authorities but don’t share or forward the threat until law enforcement has had a chance to investigate—this can spread misinformation and cause panic.
If you are a parent or family member, know that some young people post these threats online as a cry for attention or as a way to get revenge or exert control. Talk to your child about the proper outlet for their stress or other emotions, and explain the importance of responsible social media use and the consequences of posting hoax threats.
Report a Hoax Threat