The Plano police were informed of a possible “swatting” incident at Collin College early on April 13, 2023. The Fort Worth College reported receiving a similar call, adding to a string of erroneous emergency reports at institutions throughout Texas.
Plano police tweeted at 10:13 a.m. that they were on their way to the Collin College campus at the 2800 block of East Spring Creek Parkway in response to a “code red” scenario with a “possible active shooter.” Police reported no injuries a short while later, but they kept searching every building on campus. The call received at roughly 9:45 a.m., however, was ultimately determined by the department to be a false report that a mass shooting had taken place on the school’s grounds.
Here is another tweet posted by the Police:
We had a HOAX call come into our 9-1-1 center at approximately 9:45 am that a mass shooting had occurred at Collin College Plano campus. Plano Police and Fire-Rescue response was swift. It was quickly determined to be a false call.
— Plano Police (Texas) (@PlanoPoliceDept) April 13, 2023
A Plano officer’s gun accidentally went off as officers arrived at Collin College to deal with the problem. Thankfully, there were no reported injuries. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram was able to receive an email that said that the discharge took place on a building’s second story. There were no reported injuries, and no students were present.
The Plano campus of the university was closed for the rest of the day on Thursday. Prior to publication, Local Profile contacted the Plano Police Department but did not hear back.
Texas Wesleyan University also sent out an emergency alert on Thursday morning, telling people on the Fort Worth campus to seek shelter and stay inside.
“There was never an actual threat to campus,” the university said in a tweet. “We want to commend our safety and security team for taking swift action in notifying the TXWES community and responding in a timely manner.”
Other Texas universities, such as Texas A&M University in Bryan, Baylor University in Waco, Galen College of Nursing in San Antonio, and Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, received hoax emergency calls. The alleged instances have all been proven to be fictitious.
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