An investigation is being conducted after hoax calls disrupted the school day in over 28 districts in Massachusetts. On Tuesday, various schools, including those in Attleboro, Foxboro, Mansfield, and Taunton, received unfounded active shooter threats. Consequently, schools resorted to shelter-in-place or lockdown protocols; however, these procedures were lifted once officials proclaimed the buildings secure. These “swatting” calls arrived a day after an actual school shooting in Nashville left six people dead, including three children. Rhode Island State Police are also investigating fake calls after 14 districts received them the previous day, all made by the same person according to investigators. The Massachusetts State Police Fusion Center is currently working to identify the culprit behind the prank calls. Those found guilty of making hoax phone calls could face felony charges.

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