The swatting threats across Connecticut today, calling 911 to report fake active shooting incidents in our schools, are shocking, appalling, and downright dangerous.
We need to take all threats seriously to ensure the safety of our students, teachers, and communities and quickly put an end to the fear, danger, and disruption they create.
In the past few weeks, similar swatting threats were reported in numerous school districts in New Jersey, California, Florida, South Carolina, and other states. The rash of these fake emergency calls places communities in danger as first responders rush to the scene in force and are pulled away from real emergencies.
For Connecticut, these false incidents are extremely traumatic and painful and a vivid reminder of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took 26 innocent lives nearly 10 years ago.
We must all do our part to be diligent and report anything suspicious and work with law enforcement to put an end to this public safety threat.