Schools all over Nebraska getting swatting calls

The Nebraska State Patrol received information about several false reports of school shootings that were sent to 911 call centers throughout Nebraska on Thursday.

There is no credible information that such a school shooting took place in Nebraska, said Cody Thomas, director of public relations for the state patrol.

Earlier this week, the Nebraska Information Analysis Center (NIAC), a division of the state patrol, provided a bulletin to statewide law enforcement agencies and the Nebraska Department of Education regarding a trend of “swatting” calls that had been reported in several other states this year. These states include Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Texas and Vermont. The bulletin advised local agencies to be prepared in the event the calls impact Nebraska schools, which occurred on Thursday.

There were distinct similarities in the calls received by schools in other states, Thomas said, such as the use of VOIP technology to mask the identity and location of the caller, using or mocking a foreign accent, mispronouncing the names of schools or of cities and pretend they are by hiding inside the school itself.

The patrol is assisting local law enforcement and school districts who receive these calls.

Those with information about the origin of these calls are encouraged to call NIAC at 888-580-6422 or submit a tip online to NIAC’s Suspicious Activity Reporting site –

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