SWAT team convenes on David Hogg’s home after hoax claim of hostage situation

The family of Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg was just the target of a prank that landed law enforcement at their home.

Hogg’s family was “swatted” Tuesday morning, as police responded to a call about a hostage situation in the home of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student, WPLG reported. Swatting is “making a prank emergency call to bring about a response of armed law enforcement officers,” the station explained.

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According to WPLG:

A call came into the Broward Sheriff’s Office claiming a hostage situation at the home in the 7800 block of Northwest 122nd Way.

Coral Springs Fire Rescue arrived at the scene to find there was no hostage situation and the call was a prank.

Hogg was not home at the time of the incident and is currently in Washington, DC with his mother to accept the RFK Human Rights award.

 

 

Multiple crews and a police helicopter from the Broward Sheriff’s Office responded and the units were staged outside the home as a precaution.

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Hogg has headed up to Washington following his graduation this weekend during a bittersweet ceremony that honored the 17 lives lost in February when gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire in the south Florida high school. Hogg, a vocal gun control advocate, plans to embark on a 60-day road trip called “March for Our Lives: Road to Change” over the summer, according to ABC News.

The hoax had ramifications beyond Hogg’s home as at least one nearby school was put on lockdown, undoubtedly terrifying students, teachers and parents in the area.

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News of the hoax sparked outrage on both sides of the political aisle:

Fellow Parkland student Kyle Kashuv disagrees vehemently with Hogg on the issue of gun rights, but quickly condemned the hoax:

 

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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