Prank caller causes scare at Northeast Philadelphia middle school

A prank 9-1-1 caller who reported that shots were fired in a Northeast Philadelphia middle school caused a momentary scare Monday afternoon, authorities said.

Shortly after 1 p.m., police responded to Austin Meehan Middle School on Ryan Avenue near Sandyford in Mayfair. School district spokesman Fernando Gallard said when cops arrived at the school, they quickly determined that the report of gunshots there was inaccurate and had been called in by a prank called. Gallard said the school was not locked down or evacuated, but that numerous police officers responded.

Gallard said officials have not determined whether the call came from a student at the school.

The ballsy prank comes at time when at least six handguns and 31 BB or pellet guns have been recovered in Philadelphia schools so far this academic year, compared with two handguns and 24 BB or pellet guns as of late March last year.

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