Swatting incidents at Scott High School, Findlay, throughout Ohio
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Toledo Police said there was no active shooter at Scott High School and Findlay Police said they received a false report of an active shooter at Findlay High School as well.
Crews were dispatched and cleared both schools Friday afternoon. Toledo Police said that there have been several similar false calls across the state.
A Toledo Public Schools spokesperson initially said that there was an active shooter training drill scheduled for Friday and the district was not sure why TPD showed up, but another official with the school district later clarified that there was no active shooter training scheduled at Scott High School for Friday but the district had recently held several trainings.
“It appears to be a hoax to where a call was made in terms of saying there was an active shooter this has been happening across Ohio and I believe it’s happened in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus, as well as in Texas and other states here over the last month and it appears that’s what happened here today,” said Jim Gault with TPS.
TPS also said that police were told there was a shooter in a room at the school that doesn’t exist.
There was a swatting incident reported in Central Ohio and a false report of an active shooter in Southern Ohio within hours of one another on Friday as well. The FBI issued a warning about swatting incidents just last week.
“The FBI is aware of the numerous swatting incidents wherein a report of an active shooter at a school is made,” a statement from the agency read. “The FBI takes swatting very seriously because it puts innocent people at risk. While we have no information to indicate a specific and credible threat, we will continue to work with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to gather, share, and act upon threat information as it comes to our attention. We urge the public to remain vigilant, and report any and all suspicious activity and/or individuals to law enforcement immediately.”
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