Originally posted at 11:39 a.m. Updated at 12:02 p.m. and last updated at 12:20 p.m.
FRAMINGHAM – Framingham High was on a lock down this morning, March 28, after a swatting incident said Framingham Superintendent Bob Tremblay.
Multiple communities are reporting “swatting” incidents today, including Milford and Hudson in MetroWest. There have been at least a dozen as of 12:20 p.m.
“The call has been determined to be a swatting call at the high school. We will maintain a visible presence at the school and assist the staff and students in any way we can,” said Framingham Police.
Swatting for those unfamiliar is a call made to police of a real incident, but the incident is false.
In this case, the caller reported a fake incident at Framingham High, hoping for an armed response.
Police must respond as if it the call is real, but it ends up being fake.
“At approximately 11:34am today – Tuesday, March 28th, the Framingham Police Department received a phone call regarding a potential threat inside Framingham High School. Staff and students were instructed to stay-in-place and instruction continued. Out of an abundance of caution, law enforcement, including the FPD, reported to FHS to investigate. They reported that the building was safe, and the Stay-in-Place was lifted at approximately 11:47am. We believe this to be another case of swatting or a fake phone call to emergency responders regarding a fake incident. This same type of threat has been reported at several Massachusetts schools over the last several months and has been impacting school districts around the nation this school year,” said Supt. Tremblay in an email to families. “I know how concerning these situations can be, and I want to reassure you that we are committed to the safety of our students and employees.”
“The response by Framingham Police was amazing,” said Framingham Superintendent of Schools Tremblay at the high school to SOURCE.
“These swatting calls have been happening at several school districts. They are upsetting especially with MCAS happening,” added Supt. Tremblay.