Hochul meets with law enforcement, education leaders to discuss swatting incidents

Eager to ease the mass anxiety being caused by the widespread “swatting” incidents across the state, Gov. Kathy Hochul met with the heads of the state police, state education department, and state teachers union.

Hochul was upset over the many prank phone calls that have been coming in to school districts, calling them “phenomenally disruptive” and blaming them for causing widespread trauma and stress for teachers, children, and parents.

Hochul said state police went to more than 226 school buildings across the state on Thursday, responding to so-called “swatting” incidents.

They’re referred to as “swatting” episodes because police SWAT teams show up when schools receive the prank calls.

Many of them occurred in the Capital Region including Albany, Troy and East Greenbush.

The FBI is working the case, along with state and local law enforcement, said Hochul, but she cautions it’s been difficult to crack the case since the calls are believed to be coming from outside the country.

Hear her message for parents by watching the video of Dan Levys story.