Uvalde shooting: Copycat threat remains high 2 weeks after attack, but here's how we can limit that chance

“Studies have shown that, generally, the copycat phenomenon lasts for … maybe two weeks,” retired FBI special agent in charge Michael Tabman explained. “That is when we’re most at risk of a copycat, and there are many factors that go into why so many copycats, but the risk is there.”

A number of similar gun scares have already occurred across Texas, with several South Texas districts labeling the incidents as “copycat” threats: Local news outlet 3 News reported on three such threats of violence against schools, each of which officials and law enforcement handled.