Police swarm Riverview High School after ‘swatting’ call

ABC7 News at 6pm
Published: Oct. 11, 2022 at 1:19 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 11, 2022 at 8:26 PM EDT
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A phone threat led to a massive police response to Riverview High School Tuesday afternoon.

Multiple law enforcement agencies surrounded the school shorty after 1 p.m. after what receiving what Sarasota Police described as a “suspicious call.”

After a room-to-room search that took about 90 minutes, a lockdown of the school was lifted after law enforcement determined that the threat was unsubstantiated.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Multiple high schools in Florida have been on the receiving end of “swatting” calls so it was not immediately clear if the situation was active or if this is the result of a prank. Pinellas Park Police Department along with other local law enforcement agencies are currently on scene investigating what currently appears to be a falsely reported threat at the Pinellas Park High School.

Schools in Miami-Dade and Broward County have also been locked down as a result of swatting pranks.

According to the FBI, swatting is the act of falsely reporting a major event that results in huge law enforcement response from police, EMS and SWAT.

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Officials posted to social media explained the large response and thanked parents for their understanding as they got the students out of the school safely.

“Although this may have been a “hoax,” it was treated, by all accounts, like a real, active incident, which is why we train as often as we do. Parents, we feel what you feel as these are our kids too. We hope you can take a deep breath now that your kids are home and safe,” reads the post.

A woman prays outside Riverview High School Tuesday after reports of an active shooter. Police...
A woman prays outside Riverview High School Tuesday after reports of an active shooter. Police suspect it may be a "swatting" incident.(WWSB-TV)