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Multiple Ohio police departments responded to calls Friday reporting active school shooters, alarming parents, students and staff.
Active gunmen were reported Friday morning at Catholic Central High School in Springfield, Belmont High School in Dayton, Princeton High School in Hamilton County and Licking Valley Local Schools in Newark.
However, none of the calls appeared to be legitimate.
“Authorities think it was a hoax. Police reported that this joke was also coming in about 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,” Dayton police assured the public.
Springfield Police Department confirmed they also received a similar call.
“Springfield Police have received a call from an active gunman at Catholic Central High School. This is a false call. Dayton has received a similar call, which also turned out to be false,” officials said in a press release.
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All four reports were later identified as hoaxes. There were no injuries and no shooting.