MANKATO, Minnesota — A Mankato school was just one of many targeted by an alleged “swatting” hoax Wednesday.
Police searched West High School this morning and found no threat.
“Swatting” is when someone makes a prank call to the police to claim an emergency.
Mankato officials say the FBI has confirmed similar calls in Minnesota and other states.
Officials from St. Paul Public Schools said they received a false threat and went into lockdown.
“Police have been dispatched and no threat or weapon has been found,” SPPS said in a statement.
Rochester school district officials said Lourdes High School was also affected. There were also similar reports from St. Cloud, Cloquet and New Ulm.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said it is investigating the incidents.
“Our Minnesota Fusion Center is following these reports and is keeping local law enforcement informed of the situation,” the agency said.