Report of shots fired near Buffalo school determined to be prank by child

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A report of shots fired at or near the Frank Sedita School on the city’s West Side is determined to be a prank texted in by a child.

Police say the child, a recent transfer student from Rochester, texted them saying shots were fired near or around the school — also known as School #30.

Authorities say the child used his mother’s phone to send the message, and cannot be charged with any crimes at this time because of his age.

The school, which went into a brief lock down, is located at the corners of Vermont St. and Lowell Place.

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Numerous Buffalo Police cars responded to the school on the possibility there could have been an active shooter either in or around the school.

Police entered the school and quickly determined that it appeared that no shots had been fired inside the school.

They then investigated whether or not shots had been fired outside the school. In the course of the investigation at the school, police tracked down the child with the cell phone and determined that the entire thing was a prank. 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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