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‘There… was no active shooter’ in Cincinnati

Update, 11:50 am: All Princeton High School students are being dismissed for the day after an active shooter threat prompted a massive law enforcement response to the school building, according to Sharonville police.

The threat proved to be a hoax, police said.

Police said students who take the bus will be picked up from the school and dropped off at their normal locations. Students who drive themselves to school will be able to access their cars and leave for the day.

Students who are normally picked up from school will be escorted to Vineyard Church at 11340 Century Circle Blvd., where parents can pick them up, police said.

There is still a heavy police presence at the high school, the department said, adding Princeton Middle School was not affected by the incident.

Parents wait near Princeton High School after reports of an incident at the school on Friday, September 23, 2022.

Princeton Schools: All students safe and accounted for amid ‘rash’ of school shooting, bombing threats

Update, 11:30 am: Princeton Schools says that all students are safe and accounted for, adding the police response was prompted by a threat called in to the school district.

“There is and was no active shooter,” the district said in an automated call. The school district said there has been a “rash” of threats against schools across the country.

USA TODAY found at least 30 active shooter false alarms and threats made at schools across the country just last week.

Princeton High School students are released after an active shooter hoax at the school on Friday, September 23, 2022. Police confirmed that reports were false.

Authorities haven’t publicly said the incidents are related, but experts say these intentional false reports have similarities. Their origins can be difficult or impossible to trace, but waves of false alarms are often the work of disgruntled pranksters trying to disrupt school or malicious bad actors trying to sow fear. And such hoaxes seem to increase around this time of year with students returning to classrooms.

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