Law Enforcement Respond To False Swatting Reports At Local Schools
Both the Sedalia Police Department and Johnson County, Missouri law enforcement agencies responded to calls that sent them to Smith-Cotton Junior High School and Knob Noster High School this morning. This is according to news releases posted to Facebook by the Sedalia Police Department and the Johnson County Missouri Sheriff's Office.
Sedalia Police Department's School Resource Officer and school security quickly swung into action after Pettis County Joint Communications received a call that there had been a shooting at Smith-Cotton Junior High School. Sedalia Police Officers and Pettis County Sheriff's Deputies also responded to the school as well.
In Knob Noster, Knob Noster Police, and The Johnson County Sheriff's Department responded to Knob Noster High School after The Johnson County 9-1-1 Center received a call about an armed individual on the school's premises.
In both cases, law enforcement, and school officials searched both campuses and determined the reports were false. The false reports caused no injuries to students, staff, faculty, or law enforcement.
Johnson County Sheriff Scott Munsterman says law enforcement will work diligently to find the source of the false call which the Sheriff's Department has called a false swatting call. Sedalia Police report they will also be investigating to find the source of the false call.
According to Sedalia Police, there has been a national trend lately of prank callers reporting acts of violence in local schools. Sedalia Police ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call Pettis County Joint Communications at 660-826-8100 and ask to speak to a police officer. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office can be reached at 660-747-6469.