Three Salem minors face charges after allegedly calling 911 more than 20 times to make false threats against Salem schools.
The three minors are each charged with making fake 911 phone calls and uttering threats to alarm the public, Salem police told Boston.com by phone on Sunday.
Salem police said in a news release they received a series of anonymous 911 calls Friday threatening to stage a shooting at Collins Middle School.
The department said it assessed the threats and determined they were not credible, but out of an abundance of caution increased police presence at all Salem schools that day.
Throughout Friday evening and into the early hours of Saturday morning, the department said, he received more than 20 anonymous 911 calls threatening various acts of violence. The callers also taunted the police to try to catch them.
Due to the volume of calls, many of the 911 calls were routed to the Marblehead Police Department, police said.
Investigation of the calls determined that they were made from a disabled cell phone that was still capable of dialing 911. Based on information gathered from the calls, Salem police were able to obtain a location general callers.
Around 2:12 a.m. Saturday morning, officers identified three minors, all residents of Salem, as responsible for the threatening calls.
“The Salem Police Department takes any threats directed against our schools and students seriously, and criminal behavior such as anonymous calls to 911 will be thoroughly investigated,” the department wrote in the statement.
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