TCC among FL colleges receiving hoax calls Tuesday

TCC among FL colleges receiving hoax calls Tuesday
Published: May. 2, 2023 at 2:42 PM EDT|Updated: May. 2, 2023 at 10:36 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Several colleges across Florida were victims of “swatting” calls Tuesday, including Tallahassee Community College.

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the swatting call at TCC with WCTV Tuesday afternoon. A witness spotted several LCSO deputies patrolling TCC’s campus with rifles.

“We answer all of these calls and we do not assume that any of these calls are not accurate,” said Tallahassee Community College Chief of Police, Wesley Scott Hardin. “It doesn’t matter how many of these calls come in at TCC, we’re going to answer them as if they are legitimate calls, if it’s an active shooter or an incident, we’ll respond to every call.”

Florida International University in Miami sent out alerts on social media about a possible active shooter, before determining the threat to be a hoax Tuesday morning.

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus was evacuated for a similar threat, according to WCTV sister station WWSB.

“It’s a new phenomenon if not just in Florida, it’s around the country where people are calling into 911 center at colleges or school and they’re calling in an active shooter trying to get a response by a SWAT team,” Hardin said.

According to Florida statute the misuse of a 911 center, 911 call or the false reporting of a crime are all misdemeanors and are punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Gulf Coast State College in Panama City and Palm Beach Atlantic University also reported a hoax Tuesday.

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