Authorities in New York state responded to multiple reports of an active shooter in schools, only to find that the reports were unfounded.
Several schools across the state were placed on lockdown or lockout during the morning.
Authorities responded to the reports as if they were real and are investigating them individually.
The calls appear to be part of a similar hoax being seen in other states across the country.
The FBI defines this phenomenon as “swatting” which is calling 911 and faking an emergency that draws a response from law enforcement. No injuries were reported.
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