'Yik Yak' Bomb Threats Cause Disruptions, Evacuations at Schools

Bomb threats on the new social media app have prompted evacuations across the country. How should local schools handle threats like this?

By Owen Boss

It's a troubling growing trend. 

Schools across the country are evacuating students after officials at specific schools were alerted to bomb threats posted to the new social media app Yik Yak.

If you haven't heard of Yik Yak, it's a social media application that doesn't require its users to create a username and allows anyone to post information anonymously for people within a ten mile radius to view.

Yik Yak's terms of service require that users have to be 17 to download the application to their smartphones. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently published an article about the problems Yik Yak is causing in schools nationwide, and it seems school officials are looking for the best way to deal with anonymous threats posted to the site.

"In addition to it being a misdemeanor crime for disrupting a school assembly, it is also a felony for making a bomb threat. In addition to the massive disruption to the educational day, it is also a massive drain on public safety resources who respond to the call," a police department in Massachusett  posted to their Facebook page following a local school evacuation on Tuesday.

Should school officials take a different approach to Yik Yak threats? Have you talked with your kids about Yik Yak? Is it an issue in your community? Share with us in the comments!
Jordan S. Zoot March 06, 2014 at 07:59 AM
Start by blocking the app on every firewall that has the ability. Make the account holder of the phone liable for a minimum $10K fine for a first offense for use of the application and have a prison term for subsequent offenses. Have the sanction apply to the owner of the account so that if junior uses the app..mom and dad get fined or go to prison.
Casey DelliCarpini March 06, 2014 at 08:37 AM
Curious that Patch has no information about the bomb threat to New Rochelle middle schools just yesterday, the same day this piece was published...
Daniella Ruiz March 06, 2014 at 08:57 AM
Casey Dellicarpini >> Sadly, "the patch' is yet another warm, humming, clicking cloud server tucked away in some remote data center, administered by yet another corporate gang. the narrow column of ads and infrequent 'advertisement bloggies' provided them with data to sell to some bigger/lesser known arm of their organization for exploitation and sale. even the govt may have a hand in this, feeling the pulse of the population's response to various issues, and then tailoring their 'policies' to keep the sheep safely herded, away from knowing the plain truth.
Jordan S. Zoot March 06, 2014 at 09:07 AM
Another thought.....how about Singapore style caning for anyone caught using the application..no questions asked.
lawrence acker March 07, 2014 at 11:44 AM
the internet is a loaded minefield because of anonymity...the only real way to fix this problem..,..is to be able to require everybody to have a unique encrypted code to be able to get online...public accountability would reduce so much damage that people do on the internet..from online rumors in the stock market to facebook bullying..


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