WATCH — Experts Warn ‘Swatting’ Hoaxes at U.S. Schools Appear Coordinated

At hundreds of schools across more than a dozen states, police experts are warning about an alarming trend on the rise this school year: “Swatting” hoaxes that send armed SWAT teams rushing into fictitious active shooter situations on campuses bustling with students and educators. The most recent headlines have focused on episodes across several communities in South Carolina, but over the last couple months similar scenes have played out in Minnesota, Virginia and Ohio. (Read more about these startling reports)

In a new video breakdown, The 74’s Mark Keierleber talks through these recent incidents, summarizes experts’ concerns about an ongoing coordinated campaign, and shares some of the jaw-dropping footage that’s emerged from these errant police calls. Watch his deep dive.

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