“Things have changed so much with the advent of social media, and we have to make sure we are sending a clear message to all of these students about what can happen if you break the law or what to do if you see that someone is breaking the rules,” he said.
The second PSA emphasizes the legal consequences of making threats.
Hamilton police Capt. Marc McManus was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the PSA videos. He said that social media can be good in terms of helping get out information when it happens, but the idea is to prevent these threats from occurring in the first place.
“Everything in terms of how police and the schools deal with threats has changed since the Columbine shooting and the other shooting that have happened across the country,” he said.
McManus noted that all threats are taken very seriously and police respond in full force to ensure the safety of the students and employees at the school.
The video talking about possible legal consequences for threats will be shown to high school and freshman school students and possibly junior high students. The other video will be shown to all students.
Joni Copas, director of communications for the school district, said the recent events have also served as a way to make sure the school district’s protocols during emergencies and the videos are a great tool to add to educating everybody on how to handle threats and similar situations.