Published Online: May 31, 2016
Published in Print: June 1, 2016, as Schools Evacuate in 6 States, After 'Swatting' Threats

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Schools Evacuate in 6 States, After 'Swatting' Threats

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Threats made against schools across the United States led to the evacuation of students Monday in what could be the latest example of so-called "swatting" against schools.

In recent months, hoaxers have allegedly used proxy servers and other high-tech identity-disguising tools to anonymously threaten schools online or in phone messages with electronic voices to trigger a huge police response, including SWAT teams.

The latest threats led to the evacuation of schools in Colorado, Utah, Delaware, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Wisconsin. Media outlets in the United Kingdom also reported evacuations.

The threats were made against elementary, middle, and high schools, with some schools choosing to continue classes and others putting buildings on lockdown rather than evacuate. Some schools resumed classes after sweeps by authorities failed to turn up explosives or other threats.

Vol. 35, Issue 32, Page 4

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