Ohio school shooting hoaxes shake students and parents: ‘Everyone is safe’

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Multiple Ohio police departments responded to calls reporting active school shooters on Friday, 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 local schools in Licking Valley in Newark on Friday morning.

However, none of the calls seemed legitimate.

“Authorities believe this was a hoax. Police have reported that this prank call also involved 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 caller,” 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 received a call from an active shooter at Catholic Central High School. This is a false call. Dayton received a similar call, which also turned out to be false,” officials said in a statement. Press.

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All four reports were later determined to be hoaxes. No injuries were reported and no shots were fired.

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