False Report of Shooting at Westhill High School

Submitted by Benjamin Townsend on Thu, 03/30/2023 - 01:18 PM

False Report of Mass Shooting at Westhill High School in Onondaga County On Wednesday morning, a false report of a mass shooting at Westhill High School in the Town of Onondaga led to a police response. The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the report of mass casualties was false and there was no active shooter situation. The incident was a swatting call, which is a false 911 report, similar to what other schools have received. The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office is investigating the false report. The school district immediately implemented a "Hold in Place" protocol, and all students and staff are safe. Superintendent Steve Dunham thanked the school staff and students for their patience and doing exactly what they were asked to do. He also expressed his concern and frustration that people would make a false report like this in today's age. Parents and guardians were informed of the situation through ParentSquare, a unified product that engages every family with school communications and communications-based services. It is important to note that swatting calls are illegal and can lead to serious consequences. It is crucial to report any suspicious activity or behavior to the authorities immediately.

We had a ‘Hold in Place’ at Westhill HS as the result of a false 911 report. Everyone is SAFE. Information being pushed out vis ParentSquare. @WesthillCSD

--Steve Dunham @SdunhamWesthill on Twitter

stock photo of the school's entrance