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Sunset Elementary one of many schools nationwide to receive robocall bomb threat

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AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. -

Schools across the country might have fallen victim to robocall bomb threats Monday afternoon. In Airway Heights Sunset Elementary received a bomb threat by phone around noon. Law enforcement converged on the school to make sure everything was safe, before they realized it was a nationwide ordeal.

Several other local schools also reported phone in threats at the same time, as did schools across the country.

Schools officials, and police, are investigating the possibility of the calls coming from a robocaller, a compupterized autodialer that plays a pre-recorded message warning of violence.

The last time something like this happened was in February. At that time officials said the calls were likely coming from Russia. The hackers there even had a twitter site asking kids who wanted to get out of school for the day to email them and they would then call in a threat to that school. That group has been linked to threatening robocalls worldwide, from Paris to Sydney to Ireland and beyond. As for why they do it, they sent a tweet that reads "We do what we do for a few reasons: We hate the American government, we hate authority and we LOVE to cause mayhem."

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