A call to police about an active shooter at several Fairfield County schools was groundless on Friday. Police suspect it was a swatting incident.
Stamford High School, Harding High School in Bridgeport and Staples High School in Westport were among the schools targeted in the hoax call.
Police said they received a call from an active shooter at Stamford High School on Friday morning and the school was closed.
They say once they responded to the school at around 8.55am, a search of the building revealed no threats.
Police said they were investigating the incident as a fist bump and there was no threat to the public.
Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons released a statement saying in part: “All necessary precautions have been taken and with great caution Stamford Police have made the decision to close all public schools in Stamford until that the threat be verified. Stamford Police determined the report was a hoax and at 9:30 a.m. the lockdown at Stamford High School was lifted by Stamford Police. Students and staff were notified and classes resumed.
The Stamford Police Department has been advised that other school districts in Fairfield County received similar threats this morning.”