Florida’s Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel warned people that sending fake threats after the Parkland school shooting would result in his office opening official investigations into them and pursuing the maximum charges possible.
Israel said there have been a number of fake threats and copycat threats on other schools following the tragedy that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
However, he warned people calling in fake threats that he would not treat them as a prank and would investigate and charge them to the fullest extent of the law.
“Sadly there have been copycat threats made today at other schools,” Sheriff Israel said during a Thursday press conference. “We will respond to every threat, every threat we receive we will not classify it as a copycat or prank call. We will respond in full and investigate it.”
“Any call that is made fictitiously, any fake call, any call that is made to take out resources at a time like this and place them in places where we don’t need to be, we will do the full power of the sheriff’s office, we’ll investigate this and charge anyone accordingly with the maximum charge we possibly could for doing something so horrific, so pathetic,” he warned.