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.
"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!