As school threats rise, so do financial, emotional costs


HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — As the number of school threats increases, the financial and emotional costs are also going up.

School security expert Ken Trump tells the Hamilton Journal-News (http://bit.ly/1q2H4C7 ) there were more than 800 shooting and bomb threats at K-12 schools during the first half of the 2014-2015 school year. Ohio had 64 of those threats.

Trump says school threats are up nearly 160 percent from last school year nationwide. He says schools have responded by heightening security measures that often take away from class time and hinder personnel and peace of mind.

The costs for individual school systems are difficult to track, as the state’s 613 public school districts each have different operating budgets and each school building also has a different age and layout.

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Information from: The JournalNews of Hamilton, http://www.journal-news.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=jnfront?jnfront