Fake active shooter threats were reported at Illinois schools, including Whitney Young and Rockford East High Schools

Whitney Young High School on the Near West Side was one of a dozen schools across Illinois that were the target of false threats from active shooters Wednesday morning.

The Illinois State Police reported that at least 12 communities received the threat.

Officials at Whitney Young High School, 211 S. Laflin, reported a 911 call made in the morning saying an active shooter was inside the school building. Chicago police responded and determined the call was “made up as a joke,” according to school officials.

Students will take the SAT at the school, which is running as scheduled, officials said.

Rockford East High School went into lockdown after an active shooter threat was called just after 8:30 a.m., according to the district's Facebook page. Police determined the threat was also a hoax.

All classes are canceled for the day. Junior was scheduled to take the SAT but was scheduled for a later date.

Freeport Middle School also reported getting “prank phone calls” on Wednesday.

Unfortunately, FHS is part of a national trend, the school district said in a statement. The call suggested there was a real emergency when there wasn't. Just to be safe, police walked the building with multiple squads responding.

The state police are advising citizens to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behavior to the police. The authorities have not shared any additional information.