Police: Call that locked down school was 'swatting'
Dearborn police have determined reports on Wednesday of a "potentially life-threatening situation" in the city that prompted a school lockdown was a hoax.
At 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the Dearborn Police Department received a phone report of a situation occurring on the 800 block of Drexel. Due to the proximity, Bryant Middle School — just two blocks away — was placed on temporary lock-down.
The department determined that the report made was a hoax, and the lockdown was lifted after an hour, police said.
“We are grateful that officers were able to quickly and effectively respond to this incident without any injury to themselves or the public," Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad stated. "We will work diligently to identify the individual or individuals responsible and hold them accountable.”
The initial investigation has identified it as a probable “swatting” incident and police said it's an ongoing investigation. Those with information about this incident are asked to call the Dearborn Police Department at (313) 943-2241.
'Swatting' is when someone makes a prank call to emergency services in order to get a large number of armed police officers out to a particular event.
In, December, a man was shot and killed in Wichita, Kansas after an apparent "swatting."