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Threatening phone calls to Bristol schools were result of 'swatting'

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Extra officers were on scene at South Side in Bristol. (WFSB) Extra officers were on scene at South Side in Bristol. (WFSB)
BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

Four school districts were victims of threatening phone calls on Tuesday, including Bristol.

On Wednesday, Bristol Superintendent of Schools Ellen Solek said following an investigation, it appears Tuesday’s threats were the result of ‘swatting.’

Two Bristol schools were released early on Tuesday after receiving threatening phone calls.

Police said the threat received at Bristol Central High School referred to a person with a gun on school grounds. The threat made at South Side Elementary School was in reference to a bomb at the school.

Nothing suspicious was found in either school, and no injuries were reported.

Swatting threats are made by using software programs and are designed to disrupt daily routines, Solek said in an email to the community.

“During meetings today with local law enforcement officials, they expressed that ongoing investigations may quickly lead to determining the sending location(s) and the perpetrator(s) of these threats,” she added.

She also said the district is working with its messaging service so that it can provide accurate, on-site information as quickly as possible to parents and guardians.

Schools in West Haven, Stamford and Hartford were also targets of threatening phone calls on Tuesday.

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