By PoliceOne Staff
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — Parkland activist David Hogg has become the latest high-profile target of the dangerous “swatting” trend, in which a caller makes a prank call to law enforcement in order to draw a large police response.
Police surrounded his family’s home after the Broward County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a hostage situation Tuesday morning, WLPG reports. Law enforcement later determined the call was a hoax.
Police said no one was at the home, according to the Miami-Herald. Hogg is currently in Washington to accept an RFK Human Rights Award.
Gina Carter, BSO spokeswoman, said the initial call reported that someone was in the home with a weapon in a possible hostage situation. Carter said SWAT officers responded and cleared the residence before determining “it was a hoax.”
Hogg, who’s been a prominent gun control activist following the shooting at his school in Parkland, said the “swatting” call is a “distraction.”
“I think it’s really a distraction from what we’re trying to fix here, which is the massive gun-violence epidemic in this country,” Hogg told WLPG.
The BSO said they are investigating the incident.
#BREAKING Family of Stoneman Douglas student and gun safety advocate David Hogg swatted at home https://t.co/Lgj2tyc1xx pic.twitter.com/2Z2dekNe3m
— WPLG Local 10 News (@WPLGLocal10) June 5, 2018