On Tuesday, ABC News reported that the Parkland, Florida, home of anti-gun activist David Hogg was the target of a swatting incident that took place when someone called authorities at 8:39 a.m. local time, claiming there was a barricaded person at his home.
The sheriff’s office said SWAT officers responded, but found no one at the home.
Hogg, however, was out of town and called the incident “a silly prank.”
“It’s not going to take our focus off what we’re super excited about; the March for Our Lives bus tour to get young people to vote and promote gun law reform,” he said, according to the report.
“The swatting incident was just a silly prank," Hogg tells @ABC.
"It’s not going to take our focus off what we’re super excited about—the March For Our Lives bus tour to get young people to vote and promote gun law reform." https://t.co/BvGCtEyWnb
— ABC News (@ABC) June 5, 2018
Hogg and his fellow activists are preparing to launch a 20-state bus tour intended to promote gun control.
According to CBS, Hogg is receiving an award for his activism and called the incident a “distraction” from his upcoming bus tour:
Additionally, there was nothing on his Twitter feed about the incident as of this writing.
Supporters praised his response:
I’m really impressed with how he handled this. Very mature. And he focuses any attention that happens to be about him on their initiative. Awesome!
— Merry & Bright MedStudent2.0 (@SarcasticLatte) June 5, 2018
His dismissive attitude toward the incident, however, raised quite a few eyebrows. After all, swatting can be very dangerous and can get someone killed.
The fact that Hogg is calling someone who swatted his home “a silly prank” is concerning.
There is nothing “silly” about this unless it was done for publicity purposes. And even then, it is still a horrific abuse of police resources.
Nothing “silly” here. https://t.co/KwyFC3j9M1
— Liberty ???? (@LibertyJen) June 5, 2018
Your quoting Hogg who's minimizing this act is fine. However this is a crime a potential murder so your headline shouldn't call it a prank.
— Tux nyc (@tux_nyc) June 5, 2018
We tend to agree.
Serious crime, NOT a prank. Respectable news sources should label it as such.
— C. Maguire ???????? (@CMaguire3) June 5, 2018
A "silly prank" is a phone call asking you if your fridge is running…Better go catch it. This is a crime that could've ended up very badly. @DavidHogg111 's lack of concern is concerning.
— Christy Waters (@ThatChristyChic) June 5, 2018
Exactly. If someone had been home at the time, he or she could have been seriously hurt or even killed.
One person noted:
These are not pranks, a man was killed over this not long ago, I’m sure this was what they were hoping would happen to this young man. I hope they can find whoever made the call.
— Lisa Rago (@LisaRago1) June 5, 2018
Other Twitter users wondered if Hogg made the call himself.
Did he swat himself?
— Virginia Plain (@GinnyPlain) June 5, 2018
So hogg said it was a silly prank,I'm betting Hogg called it in himself
— Donna Coffey (@Dcoffey56Donna) June 5, 2018
i'm guessing in a matter of days, weeks, i guess it could even take months, that we'll find out the hogg swatted himself.
— James Havershem (@jhavershem) June 5, 2018
I wouldn't be surprised if David Hogg had himself swatted just so he can remain relevant a bit longer
— SICKO (@N1NJA_X) June 5, 2018
With these kind of tweets, it probably won’t be long before we see blog posts claims that Hogg or one of his followers did it to bring more attention to his bus tour and stir up sympathy.
Regular readers of this site know that we remain highly critical of Hogg and many of the statements he and his fellow anti-gun activists have made, however, it is our sincere hope that the perpetrator of this potentially deadly hoax is found and brought to justice.
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