By TAYLOR HOFF
On Thursday, March 6, 2014, around 2:30 p.m., a call was made to 911 claiming that a student at Beverley Hills High School was being held hostage by a student gunman.
After the school — and surrounding schools — were placed on lockdown and, after much investigation, it was determined that the call was a hoax.
Is it possible that the media are to blame for this inappropriate prank?
After all of the recent school shootings, such as those at Sandy Hook, many precautions have been taken at schools around the world. In addition, media attention over such situations have thrived.
Due to the increase in media attention and the extra focus on safety in schools, students may now be seeking their own personal source of attention through these events.
Because of the hyped up nature of the crime, students see the potential for the magnitude of reporting these events.
Besides the hostage hoax at Beverley Hills High School, an anonymous bomb threat was reported through social media site, Yik Yak, at San Clemente High School. This, too, turned out to be a hoax.
With the feared epidemic of school shootings, comes a possible epidemic of reported fake shootings. With the rise in recognition of the topic, comes a bigger gain of attention for each reported crime. Students know that all threats and tips will be treated with the utmost importance and seriousness.
This developing popularity, may be increasing the amount of fake tips, which in turn, can lessen the validity of future reports.