Fake calls about active shooter situations made Wednesday across Illinois, including Pittsfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Police reported Wednesday that local law enforcement in 19 counties, totaling 21 calls, received threats directed towards schools. One of those schools was in Pittsfield.

Responders reported not located any actual threats as a result of these calls.  The ISP Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center has no information concerning credible threats related to school safety.  Law enforcement, public safety and private sector security officials are encouraged to remain vigilant and report all suspicious behavior to local police agencies.  

Communities in Illinois and across the country are experiencing what is referred to as swatting — dangerous and illegal fake calls about an active shooter situation, typically at a school. While state and national intelligence agencies have seen a pattern of these fake calls, each call is taken seriously. 

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