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Prank calls at SMAHS illicit heavy response

September 2, 2014

Photo by Amy Cherry Law enforcement officers discuss the incident at SMAHS involving prank phone calls about an unconfirmed shooting. Shown from left to right are City of St. Marys Police Chief Todd Caltagarone, School police officers Brad Morgan and John Lovett and Trooper Bruce Morris, Pa. State Police Public Information Officer.

After a massive response by emergency personnel followed by a thorough investigation, law enforcement officials have determined unconfirmed reports of gunshots fired at St. Marys Area High School on Tuesday afternoon were a hoax as a result of prank phone calls.
No one is in custody as the investigation is ongoing.
Upon arriving on scene police conducted an immediate search of school buildings and property, set up a perimeter as units arrived and staged for ambulances and fire department.
"As this was going on initial units on scene realized that they didn't encounter anything with a quick search and the secondary search didn't turn anything up, so that's why it's believed to be it was a hoax," said Bruce Morris, Pa. State Police Public Information Officer. "The response was in relationship to the seriousness of the calls which were received."

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