Feds grant waiver to help NY school trace bomb threats

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has granted an upstate New York school district a limited waiver to a rule that allows callers to remain anonymous on caller ID.

The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports the FCC granted the waiver to the Middletown School District on Wednesday after a push from Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York.

Middletown schools have received at least a dozen bomb threats in the last year. Many of them have been made to Maple Hill Elementary School.

Superintendent Ken Eastwood says the school has upgraded its system to help fight “swatting” attempts and the waiver will help authorities track down those responsible for the threats. Swatting is the practice of making bogus threats to trigger a large emergency response.

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Information from: The Times Herald-Record, http://www.th-record.com

“The Middletown School District has suffered from these horrifying ‘swatting’ attacks for far too long, and that is why I worked tirelessly to ensure these perpetrators can be brought to justice before any more precious hours of education were lost, business revenue reduced and law enforcement resources wasted. Thanks to this FCC waiver, the school district and local law enforcement will finally be able to access the critical caller ID information that will crack the case and bring these criminals to justice. I was proud to fight for this waiver and push the FCC to get this done before students were home for the summer. This is great news for the Middletown community, because those who have been terrorizing the City will no longer be allowed to hide in the shadows.” – U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer

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