Parents react to school shooting hoax

Buffalo School #30.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- The school day wrapped up as usual Thursday at Buffalo School #30. However, it started with choas; a student sent a text, claiming gunshots were fired in or the around the school.

Buffalo Police rushed to the Frank Sedita Academy shortly after 9:30 a.m.

“The school didn’t even know that this had happened, the call came into 911. They were surprised when we came in,” said Lt. Gail Allen of the Buffalo Police Department.

Police determined the text wasn’t legitimate, and students and staff were in no real danger. The school was placed on temporary lock-down as a precaution.

According to officials, the male student used his mother’s phone to send the text. He wasn’t in school Thursday.

Buffalo Police said because the student is underage, he likely won’t face charges from them.

Despite it being a hoax, parents were concerned.

“My coworker told me she received the news but the school never called me. Some parents received the call but I never received a call from the school,” said School #30 parent, Griselle Martinez.

According to the school’s principal, parents were made aware via a Connect Ed phone notification. In addition, letters were also sent home with students Thursday afternoon.

Martinez told News 4 despite the scare, she’s not worried to send her students back.

But Christopher Swortwood, dad to a daughter in Pre-K, isn’t so sure.

“We’re already contemplating looking for a new school,” he said.

The lock-down was short lived, and classes continued as scheduled Thursday.

Police will be speaking with the boy’s mother, and school officials said disciplinary action is possible. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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