ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - It is only the second week of school and at least five Central Florida students are in trouble for making threats. Local deputies have a new tool to help find out the reasoning behind these threats.
Investigators have to decipher between when a threat is a hoax or something serious, so deputies came up with a 'School Threat Assessment Card.'
Basically, when a deputy responds to a threat, they must go through 11 questions. For example, they must answer 'What are the student's motives and goals?' and 'Does the student have the ability to carry out an act of targeted violence?' Investigators say this helps them single out serious threats.
Deputies say the idea took shape in the days and weeks after the attack on Stoneman Douglas High School when they saw an increase in threats.
These cards also let deputies determine if the person behind these threats should be criminally charged.