As school threats rise, so do financial, emotional costs

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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 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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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