On Wednesday, several schools in the region received similar calls providing identical details of an active shooter on school grounds, including Rochester, Duluth and closer to home at Fairmont and Mankato West High School.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed that this is part of a nationwide “swatting” campaign, which means someone called into emergency services and reported a fake incident, just to have emergency personnel respond to the address provided – targeting schools.
Police search floor by floor and room by room to ensure safety for staff and students hiding inside.
Eventually, police confirmed that there was no active shooter present and that there was no threat to the people in the schools.
A total of 15 school districts in Minnesota confirmed that similar calls were placed Wednesday.