Massachusetts prep school in lockdown after 'hoax' active shooter call
Catholic Massachusetts prep school goes into lockdown after ‘hoax’ report of an active shooter
- St John’s Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts, received an active shooter report
- Massachusetts State Police searched the school and found no immediate threat
- The school says it now believes it was the victim of ‘Swatting’ – when a fake emergency diverts significant police resources to a scene
A Catholic Massachusetts Prep School went into lockdown today after a hoax report of an active shooter.
St John’s Preparatory School issued a panicked alert via its website on Monday afternoon saying Danvers Police and Massachusetts State Police were both at the scene.
Troopers rushed to the school and immediately started sweeping classrooms but found no immediate threat and no injuries.
St John’s Preparatory School issued the alert via its website on Monday afternoon, saying Danvers Police and Massachusetts State Police were both at the scene
Neither police force has confirmed the shooting, or whether anyone is injured. The school is a grade 6–12 private, Catholic, all-boys college-preparatory school in north Boston
While police remain at the scene, the school now believes the call was fake.
‘We believe that St. John’s was the victim of a Swatting call.
‘Everyone is safe, there have been no injuries and police are currently clearing campus buildings as we account for all students,’ an update read.
The incident comes just two months after shooter Audrey Hale murdered three children and three adults at The Covenant School in Nashville.
St John’s Prep is a grade 6–12 private, Catholic, all-boys college-preparatory school in north Boston.
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