Students, teachers back in school after more than a dozen false active shooter reports in Minnesota

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Students and teachers at schools across the state are back in the classroom today after fake reports of active shooters in over a dozen school districts.

Deb Henton, the Executive Director at the Minnesota Association of School Administrators, spoke with News Talk 830 WCCO's Vineeta Sawkar and said that the false reports are troubling.

"What happens is a disruption to learning and certainly a very deep fear for parents who get wind that there might be something happening at their schools," Henton said.

Henton says they're looking into how districts responded yesterday and what steps can be taken to improve that response. She said their main goal is to keep schools "as safe as possible."

The fake reports of school shootings sent heavily armed police officers to schools in over a dozen districts sparking an investigation from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the FBI.

In a statement yesterday, the Minnesota BCA defined what was going on as "swatting," saying that they were aware of "multiple swatting incidents involving active shooter events or mass casualties at schools across Minnesota."

The BCA, the FBI, and local law enforcement are all investigating the false reports.

Also believed to be a part of the false reports was a bogus bomb threat last evening at the University of Minnesota's Coffman Memorial Union. The all-clear was sounded about an hour after the call.