Coral Springs, FL – Teen gun-control activist David Hogg’s family home was “swatted” on Tuesday morning, causing a tactical response from police.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team responded to a call about a hostage situation and staged multiple units outside the home, WPLG reported.
The incident began when Broward deputies received a call at about 8:30 a.m. on June 5 from someone claiming a person with an AR-15 had broken into the Hogg home and was holding the family hostage, WSVN reported.
Coral Springs Fire Rescue also responded to the scene, which was quickly determined to be a “swatting” hoax after deputies determined that nobody was in residence at the house.
“Swatting” is when someone makes a prank emergency call designed to cause an aggressive police response.
A 28-year-old Kansas man was fatally shot by officers who were responding to a prank 911 call about his home on Dec. 28, 2017, NBC News reported.
Police arrested Los Angeles swatter Tyler Barriss for the death of Andrew Finch in that swatting incident.
Barriss was held in a Wichita jail without bail and faces federal charges of false information and hoaxes, cyberstalking, threatening to kill another or damage property by fire, interstate threats, conspiracy, and several counts of wire fraud, according to federal court records. He is also facing involuntary manslaughter charges in Kansas and false alarm charges in California.
Since the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, Hogg has been an outspoken critic of gun ownership and semi-automatic weapons.
He has used questionable tactics – such as a recent “die-in” at a Public grocery store in Coral Springs – to make his point, WPLG reported.
Photos came out from the “die-in” showing a savage showing up in a Warrior 12 “I’ll Control My Guns” shirt:
Hogg was in Washington, DC with his mother when the swatting incident occurred at his house. He was scheduled to receive the RFK Human Rights award, according to WPLG.
June 5 was also the date a book about the Parkland school shooting and the subsequent teen-led gun control movement, authored by Hogg and his sister Lauren, was scheduled for release, WSVN reported.
Hogg has been on the attack since the Valentine’s Day shootings, and has used bully tactics to try to force schools and businesses to comply with his views on gun control.
He went after the Publix grocery chain for supporting a Florida gubernatorial candidate who accepted a contribution from the National Rifle Association without putting the same hit out on numerous other candidates who had done the same thing.
A veteran Coconut Creek police officer was suspended without pay on May 29, after he made a negative comment on social media regarding Hogg’s demonstration at Publix, suggesting he’d like to see a little old lady run him over.
Hogg also called for better safety and security measures at Broward County schools in the wake of the shootings, but then expressed outrage when he found out that one of the steps the school district had taken was to require students to carry clear plastic backpacks.
“And it’s just unnecessary and it’s embarrassing for a lot of the students and it makes them feel isolated and separated from the rest of American school culture when they’re having essentially their First Amendment rights infringed upon because they can’t freely wear whatever backpack they want…” Hogg told CNN in an interview.
It was not clear how clear backpacks allegedly violated students’ rights to freedom of speech.