MITCHELL, S.D.(KMIT)- Authorities this morning responded to a report of an active shooter at Mitchell High School. Dispatch received the call at around 9:20 AM. Mitchell Schools Superintendent Joe Graves.
Mitchell police, South Dakota DCI agents, the Davison County Sheriff’s Office, the Hanson County Sheriff’s Office, and Mitchell Fire and EMS responded. Dispatch was able to make contact with school staff, and there was no indication of a situation in the school. The school was checked by law enforcement. The call was found to be a prank call. No students or staff were in danger or injured. The call appears to have originated outside of the Mitchell area.
RAPID CITY, S.D.(KBHB) – Rapid City police say they are investigating a false report of an active shooter at Rapid City High School Thursday morning.
Rapid City Police Chief Don Hedrick says they received the call at approximately 8:30 a.m.
Hedrick says they did a thorough search of the school, and finding no active shooter situation, determined it was a hoax that appears to be going around at other schools as well.
He says law enforcement is now investigating to see if there’s a connection between this case and others being reported.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) – Police received a call saying there was an active shooter at Lincoln High School, only to discover the call was a hoax. Authorities say multiple schools across the nation have received similar ”swatting calls.”
Sioux Falls police say the call came in around 8:30 a.m., and police, sheriffs, and federal agents immediately responded to the scene. Students were told to shelter-in-place, meaning all exterior doors are secured, and no one is allowed in or out of the building. The on-site Lincoln High resource officer checked the building and did not find any suspicious behavior. Authorities thoroughly checked the school and did not find any threat to the student or staff’s safety.
Detectives are working to identify the source of the call, which appears to have come out of the area.
A message from Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent, and Dave Osterquist, SFSD Safety Coordinator, was sent to parents briefing them on the events that took place. The message said the swatting attempts are taking place across the country with the intent of tieing up law enforcement resources. The letter said the work by responding personnel worked efficiently and ended by saying the safety of students and staff will always be a priority.