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Schools across Hampton Roads receive false reports of active shooter

As police investigate, it is still unclear if the reports all came from the same person or group.

NORFOLK, Va. — UPDATE: Several schools across Hampton Roads received false reports of an active shooter Monday morning.

Virginia Beach dispatchers confirmed someone reported an active shooter at Ocean Lakes High School, but it turned out to be false. The Virginia Beach Police Department said it is working to learn more.

The Norfolk Police Department said Maury High School received a threat, but officers were already there when it happened and they solved the matter within minutes.

In Newport News, someone made a call claiming there was a shooter at Woodside High School and Booker T. Washington Middle School. School resource officers and others responded, confirming that threat was also false.

Officials in Chesapeake also confirmed that a similar call was made about Hickory High School shortly before noon. Both Hickory High and Middle went into lockdown as police investigated. After 20 minutes, the schools got an all-clear.

Officials in Suffolk said Booker T. Washington Elementary School also got a call shortly before noon.

Suffolk police swept the building and confirmed there wasn't an active shooter at 12:04 p.m. Police officers will enhance security for the rest of the day.

Portsmouth Public Schools, Hampton City Schools and York County School Division said none of their schools received threats.

The FBI’s Norfolk Office says they are aware of the multiple threats made on Monday.

"The FBI takes all threats seriously, and as always, we remain in contact with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to gather, share, and act upon threat information as it comes to our attention. We urge the public to remain vigilant, and report any and all suspicious activity and/or individuals to law enforcement immediately. Any hoax threat to a school can have serious consequences for students, teachers and others, as well as first responders, and can be prosecuted as a crime," a spokesperson said in a statement.

A spokesperson for Attorney General Jason Miyares said he is aware of the threats and their office has been monitoring the situation.

"AG Miyares is thankful our students are safe."

In a previous interview with 13News Now, Miyares had a message for anyone calling in threats like these.

 "We have a zero-tolerance policy for those that would like to try and threaten people where they should be the safest. Whether it’s a sick joke or they want to commit acts of violence, zero tolerance." 

His office also reminds people that calling in a false threat is illegal and is a class one misdemeanor. You could face a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

But for tonight, parents can rest easy.

As police investigate, it is still unclear if the threats all came from the same person or group.

The FBI wants to remind everyone to stay vigilant and report any suspicious behavior to local law enforcement agencies.

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