Swatting Calls At Minnesota Schools Came From Same Person, Officials Say
There were at least 14 schools in Minnesota targeted with fake active shooting reports, and there could be more, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said on Wednesday. This came after a rash of swatting calls across the country this week, with the national incidents giving law enforcement in Minnesota a heads-up that it could happen here.
The swatting incidents sent schools into lockdown and elicited a law enforcement response. School officials said while the reports are fake, to the students and staff, it’s very real and can be traumatizing.
During a news conference on Thursday, Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said the state is investigating the swatting incidents. All the Minnesota incidents came from a single IP address, so investigators think they’re looking for one person.
Schools that received swatting calls
There have been at least 14 confirmed swatting incidents. Some of them include:
- Johnson Senior High School in St. Paul
- Washburn High School in Minneapolis
- Apollo High School in St. Cloud
- Mayo High School in Rochester
- Lourdes High School in Rochester
- Austin Public Schools in Austin
- West High School in Mankato
- Cloquet High School in Cloquet
- Alexandria High School in Alexandria
- New Ulm High School in New Ulm
Other affected communities include Fergus Falls, Brainerd, Grand Rapids, Bemidji and International Falls.
Update: It was initially reported there were 15 swatting calls Wednesday, but the BCA clarified Thursday there were only 14 calls placed. An incident at Rosemount happened several days earlier but was reported to the BCA the same day as the other calls.