Expert: School threats increased from 10 to 70 per day following Parkland shooting

McGovern Elementary School in Winston, Ore., March 7, 2018. (File image/SBG)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Two schools in Douglas County and a junior high school in Linn County reported school threats this week, and a national non-profit says it sees more threats after high profile shootings.

According to the Educator's School Safety Network, school threats increased from about 10 per day nationwide to over 70 per day after the shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Oregon also saw an increase in threats compared to the rest of the school year.

The organization says the increased threats can take a toll on administrators.

"You have sort of response fatigue," says the organization's Amanda Klinger, "so I might be very vigilant and I might be doing an assessment of, is this a substantive threat? What do we need to do? Do we need to search the building? By the time it's the fifth time, how closely are we really searching?"

The non-profit says they were surprised with the data found after the shooting in Parkland, but they say "copycats" are usually expected after high profile shootings.

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