Numerous Pennsylvania school districts were hit by “swatting” calls on Wednesday morning, saying there was an active shooter on their campus, which turned out to be a hoax.
The calls sent police, emergency crews and first responders to schools across the Commonwealth just two days after six people, including three 9-year-olds, were killed in a mass shooting at a Christian school in Nashville.
Swatting is defined as “the action or practice of making a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address.”
There are also reports of similar calls going to schools in Provo, Salt Lake City and Ogden in Utah.
We are investigating a series of phone calls made to 9-1-1 centers involving threats of an active shooter situation or bomb threat at PA schools.⁰⁰At this time, all claims in these calls have been determined to be false.⁰⁰The investigation is ongoing.
— PA State Police (@PAStatePolice) March 29, 2023
From Troop D Butler pic.twitter.com/QZDTKuaomv
— Troopers Black and Cazy (@PSPTroopDPIO) March 29, 2023
School districts that received calls include:
- Belle Vernon
- Bishop Carroll
- Central Catholic
- Forest Hills
- Laurel Highlands
- New Castle
- Oakland Catholic
- Valley View
- William Allen
This story will be updated