The contest is open to high school students. Competing teams of one to four students submit a 45-60 second original video by November 15. Prizes include monetary awards for winning schools.


FBI Houston, Crime Stoppers of Houston, and the FBI Houston Citizens Academy Alumni Association have partnered to host a video Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest for Houston-area high school students. The campaign aims at educating the public about the seriousness of issuing hoax school threats against a school, or another public place is a serious federal crime. A thoughtless remark on social media can lead to prison. It’s not a joke.

Important Dates & Registration Information

A teacher must sponsor high school students who wish to take part. Teams of one to four students must register online by October 2. They must submit a 45-60 second original video by November 15. To register, submit the video, and for more information, visit www.schoolpsa.com.

  • Team Registration Opens: September 2, 2019
  • Team Registration Deadline: October 2, 2019
  • Video Entry and Forms Submission Deadline: November 15, 2019
  • Social Media (Likes & Shares) Period: January 6, 2020 – January 31, 2020
  • Winners Announced: February 28, 2020

Educating the Public

The FBI’s #ThinkBeforeYouPost campaign aims at ending hoax threats by educating students and parents about the consequences of making such threats. Issuing a threat of targeted violence against schools and other public places — through social media, via text message or email — is a crime. The PSA’s message should address what students should do if they see or hear about a threat of violence and the consequences, for the public and the perpetrator, of making such threats.

Prizes

The FBI Houston Citizens Academy Alumni Association (CAAA), and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo are sponsoring the prizes. Three winning teams will receive:

  • A monetary award for their school
    • 1st Place — $5,000
    • 2nd Place — $2,500
    • 3rd Place — $1,500
  • Astros baseball cap for each team member
  • Four tickets to attend an Astros 2020 game for each team member (date TBD)
  • Ride in a 2020 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Silver Guest Grand Entry (date TBD)
  • 2020 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Silver Guest Badge for each team member

The first-place team will also receive:

  • Recognition in a pre-game ceremony at an Astros 2020 game (date TBD)
  • Television or radio appearance on a local station

In 2018, there were over 160 hoax threats in Houston that the FBI and law enforcement partners responded to and investigated to determine if there was a threat to public safety. Each one of those is a massive drain on law enforcement resources. To respond to these hoax threats, agencies have to divert critical resources from important criminal investigations to make sure there is no threat to the public. The FBI hopes that the videos created during this PSA contest will educate students that posting a threat is not a joke.

The FBI reminds the public never to post or send any hoax threats online — period. If you are a target of an online threat, alert your local law enforcement immediately. If you see a threat of violence posted on social media, immediately contact local law enforcement or your local FBI office.