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Grand Forks, Fargo, West Fargo schools targets of "swatting" hoaxes

"Swatting" is when someone calls in a fake emergency to authorities.

Schools in the Grand Forks, Fargo and West Fargo area have been targets of “swatting,” which is when someone calls in a fake emergency to authorities.

One such incident was a report of an active shooter situation at Davies High School in Fargo. Red River Dispatch also received a call about an incident at West Fargo High School. Both incidents were quickly determined to be hoaxes, and no threats have been established at either school.

Yet another threatening call was made in regard to an incident at Red River High School in Grand Forks. After a thorough search of the building, police determined the threat to be unfounded.

Swatting hoaxes have been occurring at other schools throughout the region and nation this fall.

In a statement to local media, Davies High School Principal Troy Cody said safety is of utmost importance and concern, and that a full investigation is being conducted to determine who is making these calls. Police are providing additional presence near the schools throughout the day.

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler also released a statement in which she called the incidents unfortunate - but that law enforcement and first responders were prepared to keep students and teachers safe.

“Today’s events are a reminder that we must be vigilant about our preparation efforts to keep everyone safe,” Baesler said. “We also must use this as an opportunity for reflection, for schools and responders to come together to see what worked well, and what needs improvement.”