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Schools throughout the area have experienced false threats of violence in recent weeks, and Racine Unified is no different.

District officials worked with area law enforcement to draft a letter urging parents to talk with their students about the potential consequences for making false threats against their schools.

“It is very important to communicate to your children that the implications of making threats are significant,” the letter reads. “Whether a child perceives making a threat as a joke or a meaningless act, making such a threat could result in suspension, expulsion and/or charges up to a felony from the local municipality.”

Making a false threat can be a felony charge that carries up to 3-1/2 years of jail time and/or up to $10,000 in fines and ties up police, fire and rescue so they can’t answer legitimate calls for help.

Most recently, a vague threat written on a sticky note at Schulte School in Sturtevant prompted early dismissal. Racine Unified spokesperson Stacy Tapp confirmed the incident was determined to be non-credible and said that kids need to know the serious consequences of calling in hoax threats.

“We take these types of situations very seriously and are encouraging parents to speak with their children about the serious nature of this type of threat,” she wrote in an email.

The district and the chiefs from Caledonia, Mount Pleasant, Racine and Sturtevant also signed the letter as a way to stress the importance of the issue.