The study, conducted by the Educator’s School Safety Network, examined school bomb threats reported by the media. During the 2015-16 school year, over 1,200 incidents occurred nationwide, with 26 in North Carolina.
Amy Klinger, the organization’s co-founder and an author of the study, said the number of threats has continued to rise this academic year.
“We are definitely on pace for more threats than we had last year,” she said.
According to the study over half of bomb threats are called in, 32 percent are found written in the school and 10 percent are found via email or social media.
Jeff Nash, spokesperson for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, said in an email that the school system has not had any bomb threats recently.
Klinger said threats don’t often result in actual bombs, which puts schools in a difficult situation.
“Do you react to the bomb threat, and then, usually it causes more of them,” she said. “Or do you not react and not acknowledge it and then roll the dice whether the kids are safe?”
Klinger said the number of detonations has also risen — from one incident last school year to four detonations between August to October.