Multiple Illinois Police Departments fall victim to Swatting, over 20 hoax school shooting calls

Whoever pulled-off those "swatting" hoaxes that impacted more than a dozen Illinois schools is still a mystery
Published: Apr. 12, 2023 at 12:57 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 13, 2023 at 4:22 PM CDT
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MARION, Ill. (KFVS) - The Marion Police Department received a call this morning from someone stating that six high school students had been shot. It was quickly discovered however that no such incident had occurred.

On Wednesday, April 12, around 10 a.m., the MPD Dispatch Center received a call from an individual claiming that there was a shooter at Marion High School. Officers responded to the school and MPD Officials contacted the school. No students, teacher, or visitor was harmed, and no suspicious person was at the school.

The MPD discovered several police departments in Illinois, including Carbondale and Mount Vernon, received the same phone call, making them deem the call as a “Swatting” incident. Swatting is a nationwide trend where people will call in false reports of serious and dangerous crimes, such as school shootings.

As of 3 p.m. on Wednesday, the Illinois State Police reported local law enforcement in 19 counties received calls related to Swatting. While state and national intelligence agencies have seen a pattern of similar fake calls, each call is taken seriously.

The Marion Police Department wants the citizens of Marion to know that their children are safe, and no incident has occurred. The MPD and other agencies are working hard to locate those responsible in the Swatting incident.