SD DPS reminding public of proper use of Text 9-1-1 tool

After an incident at Douglas High School, officials are reminding the public to use the Text-to-9-1-1 tool properly.

BOX ELDER, S.D. — Douglas School District posted on Facebook reiterating the importance of children learning how to use the new Text to-9-1-1 system correctly.

The post came after police notified the district about a potential threat at Douglas High School.

Update 7:45 pm: Law Enforcement has determined that no credible threat ever existed from this incident but is continuing…

Posted by Douglas School District on Tuesday, April 6, 2021

No credible threat was discovered,  but the district wants students to know what to do in case there is one.

The Department of Safety is reminding the public to use the tool properly, so those that need it have the available resources needed.

“It’s against the law to make a false report to law enforcement, so whether you do it by calling 9-1-1 or texting 9-1-1, if it’s a false report, it’s against the law and we discourage it,” said Craig Price, the Cabinet Secretary for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. “This is really something we want to reserve 9-1-1 services for people who really need it.”

Depending on the severity of the false reporting crime, guilty parties could face between 30 days to a year in prison, and/or a fine of between $500 to $2,000.

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