Home of Parkland Survivor and Activist David Hogg Swatted

Photo: Andrew Harnik (AP)

The family home of outspoken Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg was the target of a “swatting” hoax this morning when a caller falsely claimed the address was the site of a hostage situation.

Emergency services responded to the call and found there was no hostage situation, a local ABC affiliate reports. Several sheriff’s office units and a police helicopter were also reportedly sent to the scene. Hogg was in Washington, DC at the time to accept the RFK Human Rights award.

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Named for the SWAT teams or similar emergency units that respond to such fake tips, swattings have become a mainstay of online feuds. Placing such a call can carry a felony charge for the caller, and for targets, these incidents have been deadly in the past.

[ABC10]

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