School threats, even pranks, challenge police

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A recent threat warning of harm against students at schools in northern Indiana illustrates the strain even pranks can create for law enforcement and school officials.
The South Bend Tribune reports police and school safety officials attribute most anonymous school threats to students eager to extend their weekend or pull a prank.
But St. Joseph County school resource officer Sgt. Bill Redman says since the 1999 Columbine High School massacre authorities respond to threats with an abundance of caution.
Earlier this month, Elkhart police reported an anonymous threat claiming 20 students would be harmed April 15 at unspecified schools in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties.
Police downplayed that threat as "vague and unspecific" but many parents kept their children home for the day despite beefed-up security.

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