‘Swatting call’ reported at local school

A ‘swatting call’ (or a call made to law enforcement or to schools, businesses, public libraries or other entities whehere the public gathers in an attempt to trigger the dispatch of emergency services to a particular address) was reported at Decorah High School Tuesday morning, March 21.
According to an official release from the Decorah Police Department, at 10:20 a.m., the Winneshiek Dispatch center received an e-mail from Homeland Securuity in reference to a number of “swatting calls” being reported throughout Iowa. The e-mail detailed everything in refrence to the reporting call.
Shortly after the e-mail was received, the local dispatch center received one of those calls. All of the items in the Homeland Security warning e-mail were part of the call. The call was reporting an incident at Decorah High School.
Decorah Police responded to the school, and officers worked with school officials in making sure the location was secure.
Decorah Community School District (DCSD) Superintendent Tim Cronin was notifed of Wednesday’s incident, and the remaining Decorah Schools also were notified. The information also was passed on to the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office to ensure all schools in Winneshiek County were also made aware of the incident.
According to the news release, “we have since learned that multiple schools in Northeast Iowa were also part of these swatting calls today … At this time, all students and staff are safe and learning continues as normal at the school buildings. The safety of students and school staff is a top priority.”
The release continued, “We are working closely with our schools, Homeland Security and the FBI on this matter.”
According to central Iowa news media outlets, schools in Cedar Rapids, North Liberty, Iowa City, Clinton, Davenport, Muscatine, Cerro Gordo County, Story County and Polk County also received the “swatting calls” on Tuesday, and that as many as 30 such calls were reported statewide.
No other details were disclosed.

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