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Active Shooter Swatting Hoax Sweeps PA Schools

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.

School districts that received calls include:

  • Altoona
  • Bellefonte
  • Belle Vernon
  • Bishop Carroll
  • Catasauqua
  • Central Catholic
  • Chalfont
  • Charleroi
  • Erie
  • Forest Hills
  • Hollidaysburg
  • Hopewell
  • Laurel Highlands
  • Lehighton
  • Meadville
  • Nazareth
  • New Castle
  • Oakland Catholic
  • Valley View
  • William Allen

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