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Home of Parkland Survivor, Activist 'Swatted'

Someone called in a hoax hostage situation, causing police to respond to David Hogg's home
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2018 1:12 PM CDT
David Hogg, a recent graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

(Newser) – David Hogg, the Parkland school shooting survivor who has been called an actor by a GOP aide and a liar by a political candidate, bullied by conspiracy theorists, mocked by Laura Ingraham, called rude names by Sylvester Stallone's brother, and threatened by a TV commentator, endured more fallout from his outspoken gun-control activism Tuesday morning when someone "swatted" his family's Florida home. The prank involves calling in a fake report to 911 and giving the victim's address, thus causing law enforcement to respond. In this case, someone called in a hostage situation to the Broward County Sheriff's Office and deputies responded to the 18-year-old's home before determining the call had been a hoax, Local 10 reports. The sheriff's office is investigating who was behind the call, WSVN reports.

Hogg, who graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Sunday and was in Washington with his mother to accept the RFK Human Rights Award when his home was swatted, told the news station when asked about the prank that "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." Local 10 has video of the Hogg home during the incident, in which police cars, motorcycles, and a helicopter were deployed to the neighborhood. At least one local elementary school was placed on lockdown as a result, USA Today reports. Hogg said this is "evidence of the fact of how many people are trying to stop us from what we're trying to do, which is stop these kids from dying." Even so, he said, "Nothing will stop us." (The Parkland students' March for Our Lives activist group is going on a bus tour.)

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