STAMFORD, CONN. -- A bomb threat aimed at an office park in Stamford may have been a swatting incident, police told The Stamford Advocate Wednesday.
Police searched the High Ridge Park Corporate Center, a 40-acre site off Exit 35 of the Merritt Parkway, but found no explosives, The Stamford Advocate reported.
Stamford police said other communities had received similar threats Wednesday, April 20, The Stamford Advocate article said.
Swatting is defined as the false reporting of a crime with the intent of drawing a large response from police or emergency crews.
In February, thousands of students and staff had to be evacuated after Stamford High School received a bomb threat in a likely swatting incident, according to a report by the Daily Voice.
The incident spurred city officials, including Mayor David Martin, to declare their support for a new bill that would increase penalties for those who make threats against schools, the Daily Voice article said.
Interim Superintendent of Schools James A. Connelly said the February swatting incident “caused great emotional harm ... to (the) entire school community, including students, staff and parents.”
Swatting is becoming more and more high-tech, Connelly said then.
In the past, someone may have had to physically pull a fire alarm, now all they have to do to create chaos is push a button from the safety of their home, Connelly said.
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