Several Schools Go Into Lockdown Tuesday After Second Day Of Hoax Threats

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — (UPDATED February 6, 3:12 p.m.)

Schools in several Massachusetts communities went into lockdown Tuesday, just a day after a series of hoax threats sent schools into lockdown in other communities.

Late Tuesday morning, schools in Springfield, Great Barrington, Greenfield, Edgartown, Fall River, Ipswich, and Concord reported calls that threatened violence.

Earlier in the day, schools in Clinton, Duxbury, Cohasset, Chicopee, and Dedham all went into lockdown, Hingham High School and Harwich Elementary School also received threats but police investigated and found nothing.

All schools have since had their lockdowns lifted. Local authorities say that thus far, every threat is believed to be a hoax.

This comes just a day after several schools, including schools in Amesbury, Chelmsford, North Attleboro, Charlestown, and East Boston all went into lockdown or safe mode after receiving hoax threats. The Massachusetts State Police says the threats received were "consistent in content with each other," along with threats made statewide the day before. These types of hoaxes are often called "swatting", which happens when someone calls in a fake emergency at a certain location with the goal of sending a large emergency response there.

The State Police Commonwealth Fusion Center is investigating the source or sources of the swatting calls.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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