How did unchecked social media threats of clowns, killing unleash panic in greeley_ _ greeleytribune. com

When Daniel Hidalgo dropped his 13-year-old daughter off at Heath Middle School on Tuesday morning, she was scared. Gas monkey cast She’d heard about the shooting threats. Gas laws worksheet answers and work Most people had. Electricity towers health risks Greeley’s students were receiving menacing messages from Facebook profiles of clowns, and she was worried.

“I’m going to watch the news and check the school’s website,” Hidalgo told her. Wikipedia electricity consumption “If I think there’s a chance you’ll be in danger at all, I’ll pull you out.”

Hidalgo was in the minority that day — many parents kept their children home. Electricity use in the us Heath Middle School’s attendance rate was down to 64 percent, according to Theresa Myers, director of communications for Greeley-Evans School District 6. E85 gas stations in houston Only 54 percent of the student population went to class at Greeley Central High School that day. Gas unlimited And at Northridge High School, attendance plummeted to 34 percent.

Northridge’s low attendance probably had to do with the fact that it was one of the schools mentioned by name in a Facebook post threatening a school shooting. Electricity generation capacity That message was posted Monday, and the Greeley Police Department announced Monday night via its own Facebook page it was investigating the threat’s validity.

“I’m not going to lie and say my wife and I weren’t concerned at all,” he said. Electricity sources usa “But part of a parent’s job is to reassure their child and be the voice of reason. La gasolina cancion I told her the likelihood something would actually happen was minimal and that schools and police train for this kind of thing.”

Still, the threats were disconcerting enough for Hidalgo to found a Facebook group — Greeley Clown Updates — as a place for people to communicate the news they heard as the story developed. Gas up the jet The group garnered interest, counting over 1,200 members by Wednesday evening. Hp gas online complaint Hidalgo said Thursday people were still requesting to join it almost every 10 minutes.

As Tuesday passed, Hidalgo checked the news and the website for District 6. Gas exchange in the lungs happens by the process of He also kept his eye on what people said in the Facebook group. Gas evolution reaction Some of what he saw there worried him in a different way.

People were posting pictures of clowns wandering city streets and claiming those pictures were taken in Greeley, when, Hidalgo said, a reverse Google image search revealed they weren’t. La gasolina mp3 Other people were drawing parallels to the Columbine High School shooting, which were tenuous at best. J gastroenterol impact factor Still others shared news articles about clown sightings in other parts of the country.

“There are several of us (in the group) trying to push people back to a reputable source,” Hidalgo said. A gas has “We’d say ‘have you checked the school’s website?’ Or ‘have you contacted the school’?”

“I watched (Greeley Clown Updates) go from two likes to 600 in 40 minutes,” she said. Electricity storage cost per kwh “I saw a rumor that six clowns were arrested at Jerry’s Market. 4 gases in the atmosphere I called the police, and they told me that was false. Gas near me app Parents need to go to the source rather than believe social media.”

Yet many people did believe what they saw on social media Tuesday and Wednesday. Electricity 2pm The rumors and misinformation may have fueled themselves, according to Janet Johnson, an assistant professor of emerging media at the University of Texas, Dallas.

“Whenever you start spreading rumors and people see the same message over and over, they start to believe it’s truth,” Johnson said. Z gas tecate “I have found people do not verify information found on the internet.”

Johnson said people also are much more apt to take information at face value if it comes from one of their friends — meaning if a friend shared false information on Facebook, many people would accept it without vetting it. Gas leak explosion Using a term from a prior study, she called these friends “opinion-leaders.”

“People trust certain friends, and they’ll share information from them without questioning it,” she said. K electric bill payment online “We all have them — that friend who can always tell you what to wear or what movies to see or what books to read.”

Another factor contributing to the rumors catching fire on Facebook may have been the emotional undercurrents associated with them, according to Heidi Huntington, a Ph.D. Electricity bill calculator candidate studying public communications and technology at Colorado State University.

“It appears to do with the hoax or rumor seeming believable or credible in some way, whether that’s based on the source, the content, or how well it jives with people’s already held beliefs,” she said in an email. Electricity in costa rica voltage “Additionally, emotional appeal, including humor or shock value, is also often a factor that encourages people to spread or share.”

This week’s clown threats included an emotional appeal. Electricity facts They threatened school-age children. Grade 9 electricity formulas They also featured hosts of creepy clowns leering at Facebook users, which provided the shock value.

The perfect storm’s final element was the fact clown threats aren’t unique to Greeley. Gas 1981 According to the New York Times story, 12 people across the country are facing criminal charges for making false reports of clowns threatening them, or for menacing people in clown costumes.

“There’s the belief that since it’s going on in other parts of the country, it must be going on here,” Johnson said. Youtube gas monkey “There’s nothing academic there. Gas x reviews ratings But with social media there’s so many people involved in this collective community all over the country and if one person starts it, it can get around the country instantly. N gas in paris lyrics Before, it took days.”

There were no shootings in Greeley schools this week. Gas 4 less manhattan ks The Greeley Police Department did detain a 15-year-old Northridge student Tuesday after officers trailed the threat back to her Facebook profile. Gas laws worksheet answers chemistry She was released to her parents later that night.

In a separate incident Wednesday, police also detained an 11-year-old Franklin Middle School student who brought a BB gun to school, along with a backpack with an image of a clown on it. Gas constant According to police, he told other students he would wear ‘clown gloves’ when he used the weapon.

Both students will face criminal charges, according to a letter from Deirdre Pilch, the superintendent of schools for District 6, which was posted on the district’s website.

“Clowns are scary to a lot of people and this is just one thing that will scare people and gain attention,” Johnson said. Gasbuddy login “(Hoax planners) will try to scare you about anything close to you that you’re already timid about.”

“Anytime you involve danger to people’s kids, you move their tension level from one to 11,” Hidalgo said. Electricity questions grade 6 “This struck a nerve that would freak out most parents — the safety of their child, given what’s happened in the past with school shootings. E85 gas stations florida In their mind, they want to err on the side of caution. Q gastrobar You can’t fault people for that.”

Johnson emphasized the importance of verifying information on social media through trustworthy news sources and websites. Gas city indiana zip code Hidalgo echoed those thoughts, and he said he did his best to do that Tuesday.

By the time he picked his daughter up from school that afternoon, she felt much better about the clown threat. E85 gas stations in iowa She told her dad she was glad she went.