Olentanga High School Victim of Statewide Prank Shooting

A report of a shooting at Olentanga High School in Delaware County turned out to be a hoax, one of many false calls to schools across the state on Tuesday.

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a high school early Tuesday morning after receiving a report of a shooting at a building located on Lewis Center Road.

After searching the school as a precaution, the sheriff’s office determined that there was no shooting or active threat to students.

The sheriff’s office said schools will close on Tuesday as usual.

Schools across Ohio and across the country received similar reports Tuesday, including in Clark, Summit, Claremont and Iowa counties.

A prank occurs when a person, usually from a remote location, reports a shooting or threat at a specific location. These calls cause a lot of law enforcement response and create panic.

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