The latest in what appears to be a nation-wide trend toward “Swatting” – or calling down a heavy police presence on an unwitting subject – briefly panicked students and parents in Pleasant Hill Monday.
As we reported via our Flash Alert system at the time, police responded to Pleasant Hill Elementary School, 2097 Oak Park Boulevard, in answer to a hoaxed 911 call from an unknown male subject who talked about going on campus and shooting students.
The school enacted its lockdown protocols just as students were being released for the day. Police searched the campus and determined no active threat was present, and children were quickly reunited with anxious parents (about 30 of whom contacted this site as this was happening).
As we have noted, there have been an increase in this type of hoax call across the nation – targeting both schools and individuals.