“Swatting Calls” Target Several Iowa Schools Tuesday

Several schools in Iowa were targets of “swatting calls” Tuesday morning. A “swatting call” is the action or practice of making a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to dispatch a large number of police to a particular address. The Monona and Mar-Mac Police Departments say that the Clayton County Communications Center received one such call saying there was an active shooter at MFL Mar-Mac High School. The threat was determined to be fictitious and not credible and originated from outside the state of Iowa. The Mar-Mac Department said in a Facebook post that they were in immediate contact with the McGregor Center informing staff of the swatting call. Several schools around Iowa including Decorah were targets of the calls.