FBI investigates 142 threats at San Antonio schools since Parkland shooting
SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio division of the FBI has investigated an increased number of local threats since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
“Since February 15th, the day after the shooting, we’ve seen 142 active shooter threats to schools that we’ve worked with our local partners," said Christopher Combs, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's San Antonio Division
Out of the 142 threats, about 50 percent of them are still actively being investigated by the FBI and local law enforcement.
“We are going after this and we have to stop anything that can possibly happen," Combs said.
The threats vary in nature.
"Some of them are guns, we've had some for explosives, some are just general comments or pictures on facebook of kids holding weapons and obviously we take all of that very seriously," Combs said.
Law enforcement is now shifting operations to keep up with the increase in threats.
"Were all working triple time to try to address them which concerns us," Combs said. "We have shut down other FBI operations to focus on the threats because you have to. Police department is moving resources, the ISD police departments are moving resources."
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Combs recommends threat assessment teams at schools, businesses, churches and other public settings.
“By calling in suspicious behavior, you can be saving someone’s life and stopping the next active shooter," Combs said.
Combs urges the public to be vigilant and report anything suspicious.
“Let law enforcement look at it," Combs said. "Let the ISD know about it, call the principal, do something but you have to make sure that somebody’s doing a follow up."
He has recently seen how effective those calls can be.
“In one particular instance because a person called in a threat to the FBI, working with our local police departments, we were able to stop what would have been a real active shooter so this is happening here," Combs said.