It is being reported that on Monday morning, a SWAT team was called to the house of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg.
The call reportedly said that there was an ongoing hostage situation at the residence. Law enforcement later said the information was false and that the call was faked.
Hoax SWAT call to the home of Stoneman Douglas survivor & gun law activist David Hogg. @jweinsier reports: BSO called saying someone had taken people hostage. This was a swatting call & IS NOT TRUE. There is a major law enforcement presence at their Parkland home. @WPLGLocal10 pic.twitter.com/0dXcQc59fJ
— Eric Yutzy (@EricYutzy) June 5, 2018
This crap isn’t just illegal. It’s immoral, dangerous, and reprehensible. Here’s hoping for a quick arrest and strong prosecution. https://t.co/FVUEthyC7a
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) June 5, 2018
The family home of Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor David Hogg — who was not present — was “swatted” on Tuesday morning, with the caller claiming a hostage situation was happening at the residence, according to Local 10 ABC News.
Why it matters: Swatting is the act of placing a fake emergency call to first responders, often leading to an armed response as police think they’ll be encountering a violent situation. It can be used as a prank or form of harassment, and has led to fatal consequences.
While law enforcement has not yet verified whether the incident was the result of a “swatted” call, it fits the description.
David Hogg’s home was “swatted” this morning https://t.co/4ZmvUwQKn0
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) June 5, 2018
ABC News 10 reports Hogg was not home at the time of the incident.
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.
According to the report, Hogg responded to the incident and said it is someone’s attempt to distract from the work he is doing in the nation’s capital.
“I think it’s really a distraction from what we’re trying to fix here,” Hogg said, per the report. “Which is the massive gun violence epidemic in this country.”
The family home of Parkland student David Hogg was “swatted” Tuesday morning, with the caller claiming a hostage situation was happening at the residence, according to Local 10 ABC News. https://t.co/9oKdBrHAjk
— Axios (@axios) June 5, 2018
Hogg is reportedly taking a gap year between his senior year of high school and his freshman year of college to raise awareness across the country for gun safety measures and increase voter turnout.
“I’m gonna be taking a gap year and not going to college for a year so that I can continue to work on these issues and promote sensible legislation, for example — not just around gun control, but around youth voter turnout,” Hogg said to ABC News. “I think the fact that I was — that I got my draft card on my 18th birthday here — but the federal government can’t register me to vote is ridiculous.
“There’s a reason why the youth of America are affected by so many issues that don’t affect other kids in more developed countries and it’s because we do not vote,” he also said.
As CBS Miami reports, the SWAT call led to the lockdown of two local elementary schools:
Two Parkland elementary schools were temporarily placed on lockdown after an “incident” in the area.
Broward County Public Schools said Heron Heights Elementary, at 11010 Nob Hill Road, and Pine Trails Elementary, at 10700 Trails End, were placed on a Code Yellow lockdown which allowed the school to operate.
The incident which sparked the lockdown was a call about a stabbing and barricaded person in a residence in the 7800 block of NW 112th Way, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. A records check shows the house is owned by Kevin Hogg, the father of David Hogg who has become a very vocal activist for gun reform after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.