More than a dozen MN schools ‘swatted’ with fake reports of shootings

On Wednesday, fake allegations of gunshots were made against more than a dozen schools around Minnesota, including those in St. Paul, Rosemount, and Minneapolis.

According to agency spokeswoman Bonney Bowman, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension thinks the same person or thing is accountable for the 15 incidences that have been verified. As of Wednesday afternoon, no one has been detained, and according to Bowman, the BCA is collaborating with local law enforcement and the FBI to conduct an investigation.

Sgt. David McCabe, a spokesperson for the St. Paul police, said that disruptive prank calls like these have regrettably become a nationwide trend. Numerous reports of fictitious active shooter or mass casualty situations at schools have been made in states including Texas, Virginia, and California. The St. Paul police are looking into an event that may be related to that pattern that occurred at Johnson High School.

At 12:04 PM, Johnson High School on Arcade Street in St. Paul received a call. When the Ramsey County Emergency Communications Center got in touch with the school to see whether there had been a shooting, McCabe said, officers came running. Lockdown at the school was imposed.

Cops that arrived at the school were informed by personnel that everyone was secure. However, officers and employees later examined the facility to be sure. No danger or weapon was discovered.

Washburn High School in Minneapolis, West High School in Mankato, Lourdes High School in Rochester, Apollo High School in St. Cloud, and Cloquet High School were among the Minnesota schools that received fake calls about gunshots on Wednesday.

According to Bowman, more schools in New Ulm, Fairmont, Alexandria, Fergus Falls, Brainerd, Grand Rapids, Bemidji, and International Falls were also impacted.

The BCA said that they were “aware of several swatting occurrences involving active shooter events or mass fatalities at schools around Minnesota” in a mid-day warning. Police in the area are responding. Nothing has shown to be a true incidence.

Swatting is the practice of calling the police on purpose in an effort to get a big response.

The Minnesota Fusion Center of the BCA is keeping track of the reports and updating neighborhood law enforcement.

The BCA advised that although an urgent threat should be reported to 911, information concerning threats made against Minnesota schools may be sent using the “See It, Say It, Send It” app by students and community members.

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