FBI releases statement regarding fake shooting reports that locked down several Wyoming schools
The Federal Bureau of Investigation released a statement Monday after several schools in Wyoming went into lockdown following fake reports of an active shooter. Both Star Valley and Cokeville High School’s were among those that received the fake reports. Schools in Campbell, Natrona, Johnson and Sweetwater Counties were also impacted. The calls were made to local dispatch centers and claimed that there was an active shooting with victims at the local school, reports which were quickly determined as false. Police believe the calls came from outside of the United States and are likely connected to a rash of similar calls made in other states in recent days.
In response to Monday’s incidents, the FBI Denver office released the following statement.
“FBI Denver is aware of threats made today across Wyoming. The FBI works closely with its law enforcement partners by providing resources and guidance in these investigations and can recommend cases for federal prosecution. While we have no information at this time to indicate a specific and credible threat, we continue to work with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to gather, share, and act upon threat information as it comes to our attention.
It is important to note that law enforcement will use all available resources to investigate a threat until we determine whether it is real or not. Investigating hoax threats drains law enforcement resources and diverts officers from responding to an actual crisis. More information about the consequences of posting hoax threats can be found on fbi.gov at https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/hoax-threats-awareness-100518 . We urge the public to remain vigilant, and report any and all suspicious activity and/or individuals to law enforcement immediately.”