Authorities investigating swatting reports at multiple Iowa schools

The commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety says at least 30 school district received swatting calls this morning.
Published: Mar. 21, 2023 at 1:03 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 21, 2023 at 3:29 PM CDT
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IOWA (KTTC) – The Iowa Department of Public Safety is investigating swatting incidents at at least 30 Iowa schools.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Stephan Bayens, the calls started to come in around 8:30 Tuesday morning.

The first call came into Clinton County and started moving east to west through the state. Officials say the calls seem to be similar in nature with the same voice. Investigators believe it’s the same person who made the calls.

The calls have been confirmed in Cedar Rapids, North Liberty, Iowa City, Clinton, Davenport, Muscatine, and Cerro Gordo. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office also confirmed a call was received at Clear Creek Amana High School in Tiffin.

Here are the statements from some northeastern Iowa police departments:

The Clear Lake Police Department released a statement on its Facebook page saying, “This morning we received one phone call reporting a shooting at the high school. While officers were en route, the high school went on lockdown. It was determined the call was false. This type of call, known as swatting, was reported to be occurring throughout the state today. No one was injured and officers and school staff checked the area.”

KTTC will update when more information if it becomes available.