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.
— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) June 5, 2018
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.
— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) June 5, 2018
Multiple crews and a police helicopter from the Broward Sheriff’s Office responded and the units were staged outside the home as a precaution.
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.
As we have seen this is how people get shot. The person who perpetrated this hoax should be arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced to the maximum penalty allowed by law!
— Steve Buckland (@SteveBuckland4) June 5, 2018
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.
BREAKING: Hoax emergency call at Parkland student activist, David Hogg, home. Family not in town. 12 members of SWAT combed through home. Kids at nearby school put on lockdown. @DanNBC6 live there at 11 on @nbc6 pic.twitter.com/YIrHQBohKZ
— Sheli Muñiz (@SheliNBC6) June 5, 2018
News of the hoax sparked outrage on both sides of the political aisle:
This is outrageous!
You don’t have to like @davidhogg111, you can disagree with @davidhogg111, you can voice your disagreement, but this right here is dangerous harassment, puts lives in danger, there is no justification in the world to do this to anyone! https://t.co/pHtsSyj9EG
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) June 5, 2018
Swatting is not a prank. It is attempted murder. https://t.co/2TLKatNZ4r
— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) June 5, 2018
Indeed. The fact that it’s David Hogg isn’t the issue. It could be Tomi Lahren. SWATing someone isn’t a “prank,” it’s putting them, the police officers, and others at a substantial risk of serious injury or death.
— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) June 5, 2018
Part of me wants to laugh about it but in no way is this funny, i cant stand hogg but i hope they catch who ever did this thankfully no one was hurt and it was a prank and not a real hostage situation
— john doe (@scottymc75) June 5, 2018
Fellow Parkland student Kyle Kashuv disagrees vehemently with Hogg on the issue of gun rights, but quickly condemned the hoax:
This is not okay. Stop. Please. https://t.co/OCT5rRAx1q
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) June 5, 2018
My sisters were at their middle and elementary schools, and were put on lockdown. The fear that went through me was the same fear I had on Valentine’s Day
— Sarah//surviving warrior (@SarahStricker) June 5, 2018
What horrific POS did this? https://t.co/nPQDRzNNUw
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) June 5, 2018
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