Law enforcement officials are becoming increasingly frustrated by The Purge threats making its way around the nation, and even in some parts of Canada. Just two days ago a Spokane threat was shared through social media, promising groups to gather and loot stores. That threat expired, and nothing out of the ordinary was reported. Now, Oklahoma is facing a threat with over a dozen other locations set for August 31. To offset the concern of citizens, law enforcement agencies have collaborated to use a national intelligence network to monitor, and track down the source of the threats.
Some Oklahoma residents shared they are hearing rumors The Purge threat may be moved to another date to elude police. That may be harder to do than expected.
Law enforcement officials are using the network to monitor and review social media accounts, which encompass Facebook and Twitter. For those who may be unaware, passing a threat of violence over the web can be classified as an act of “cyber-terrorism.” What may start as a joke to an ignorant person can turn them into a national threat, resulting in intense consequences.
Residents from Ohio, Oklahoma, California, Florida, Colorado, Texas and a dozen other states and numerous cities are reporting The Purge real life threat fliers are being seen. One resident shared with the school shootings witnessed within the past decade, “all it takes is just one person taking this seriously to hurt a lot of people.”
Police urge residents to remain cautious, and to report any behavior – including credible threats seen on social media. Many teens have taken to Twitter to post images of holding firearms, and adding a hashtag of The Purge. These images will also come under scrutiny from law enforcement officials.
Since the original Louisville purge threat, reports of suicide attempts and panic attacks have increased, as concerned teens and residents fear the worst. As of this date, the threats of The Purge has resulted in no deaths, or actions directly related to the fliers.
The 16-year-old Iroquois High School student who originated the Louisville purge flier, is currently not being charged with a crime. The teen has not been identified by name, but stated it was intended as a joke that was picked up and shared in ways he never expected. The student shared he has been kicked off the football team. Police stated while the flier was made, no credible threats were made by the teen.
As the last and holiday weekend approaches, law enforcement officials in cities across the nation will be stepping up cruisers and officers on the road. For others, the situation of the threats are ridiculous and some college students are planning “purge parties” to enjoy an evening of friends and maybe even costumes, to show they have no fear over the fliers.
Law enforcement officials warn those threatening violence or creating fliers to instigate violence can face repercussions that will not be excused as a “joke.”