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Several Ohio police departments responded to calls Friday reporting active school shooters, alarming parents, students and staff.
Active shooters were reported at Catholic Central High School in Springfield, Belmont High School in Dayton, Princeton High School in Hamilton County and Licking Valley Local Schools in Newark Friday morning.
However, none of the calls appeared to be legitimate.
“Authorities believe this was a hoax. Police reported that this prank call also came in about non-DPS schools,” Dayton Public Schools officials said in a statement.
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“The Dayton Police Department is aware of the trend of these types of false alarms and will investigate the incident and attempt to identify the unknown person,” the city of Dayton said.
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“Everyone is safe,” the Dayton Police Department assured the public.
Springfield police confirmed they also received a similar call.
“Springfield police have received a call of an active shooter at Catholic Central High School. This is a false call. Dayton has received a similar call, which also proved to be false,” officials said in a statement from press
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All four reports were later determined to be hoaxes. No injuries were reported and no shots were fired.