Gov. Hochul meets with education and law enforcement leaders following swatting incidents

Gov. Hochul said that currently there are no known perpetrators behind the unsupported reports of an active shooting at different schools, and law enforcement believes the calls most likely came from overseas.

Jonathan Gordon

Mar 31, 2023, 9:12 PM

Updated 417 days ago

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Gov. Kathy Hochul met with education and law enforcement leaders Friday following dozens of swatting incidents at schools across the Hudson Valley.
Hochul said Gorton High School was one of 36 swatting calls to schools across the state on Thursday. Most of them were concentrated in the Hudson Valley.
In total, state police responded to more than 200 schools. All of this unfolded just three days after a mass shooting at a school in Nashville left three kids and three adults dead.
"We are taking every single incident very seriously," Hochul said. "We treat it as if it's real, but the reality is this is meant to disrupt and cause chaos in our school system - and indeed, society."
Hochul said that currently there are no known perpetrators behind these unsupported reports of an active shooting at different schools, and law enforcement believes the calls most likely came from overseas.
Yonkers, Pleasantville, Chappaqua and Putnam Valley were among the school districts in the Hudson Valley that received one of these calls.
"It's a little bit nerve-wracking but I guess it's the life we're living right now," said Yonkers resident Bibiana Solis.
Hochul said she and other leaders wanted to reassure parents the state is doing everything it can to keep students safe.


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