FBI Albuquerque
Public Affairs Specialist Frank Fisher
(505) 889-1438
June 30, 2022

FBI Media Alert: FBI Sees Increase in School Hoax Threats in New Mexico, Reminds Public All Threats Taken Seriously

The FBI has seen a significant increase in hoax threats to New Mexico schools this year and wants to remind parents and students these types of threats can have serious consequences for the public and the perpetrators.

During the first six months of 2021, two school threats were reported to the Albuquerque FBI Division.

So far this year, approximately 19 have been reported, most of them hoaxes.

The FBI and our law enforcement partners have made at least three arrests in connection with these threats.

“It’s not unusual to see an uptick in hoax threats after a mass shooting in another part of the country,” said Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda. “The FBI takes every threat seriously and those who post or send these threats can receive up to five years in federal prison, or they can face state or local charges.”

Issuing a threat—even over social media, via text message, or through email—is a federal crime (threatening interstate communications).

Even hoax threats disrupt school and waste law enforcement resources.

At the same time, anyone who sees anything suspicious, or knows of a person planning to commit violence, should immediately contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

The FBI in New Mexico, through its Guardian Squad, works closely with other federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to receive, analyze, and quickly respond to tips about threats to public safety.

More information on hoax threats and the FBI’s “Think Before You Post” campaign can be found at: https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/hoax-threats-awareness-100518

Informational graphic depicting a cell phone texting conversation that states the fact that making hoax threats against schools and other public places is a serious federal crime.