- Associated Press - Sunday, August 21, 2016

New Hampshire schools have seen a general increase in school bomb threats over the last three academic years, according to data from the New Hampshire State Police.

According to The Associated Press analysis, that follows a national trend that says threats to schools are increasing nationwide.

For police and school administrators, the problem has become increasingly frustrating because of the resources needed to search and evacuate schools.

An Associated Press analysis of nationwide school threat data found state and local agencies often don’t track the disruptions. The New Hampshire State Police reported its information on public and private educational institutions to the United States Bomb Data Center.

In 2015-2016, New Hampshire schools received 27 threats by phone, email or other methods. That number is up from 13 threats in 2014-2015 and eight in 2013-2014.

Police believe the increase is due to the advent of the “robo-call” computer generated threat. In May, at least four New Hampshire schools were evacuated after receiving such threats, the same day that similar threats were made the same day to other schools around the country, including Colorado, Utah, Delaware, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Some threats, like an email to a school administrator in Nashua, led to the closing of public schools in that city for a day shortly before the December break.

School officials and police have not found the threats to be credible.

Police say in recent history, there’s been no communicated threat where an actual device was subsequently found in a New Hampshire school.

They also say the statistics don’t necessarily reflect all threats made to schools. State law requires such threats to be reported to police, but there may not always be a record of them.

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