Parkland high school grad David Hogg’s nonchalant response to a “swatting” incident at his home has social media user bewildered.
The media darling who has made a name for himself for expressing outrage over gun violence — and the 5 million law-abiding members of the NRA — shrugged off a report that the Broward County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting someone in his home with a weapon in a possible hostage situation, prompting a S.W.A.T. team to respond, ABC News reported.
Besides the remarkable fact that the media was on hand for the raid on the home, the “super-excited” 18-year-old brushed the incident off by calling it a “silly prank.”
“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
Except “swatting” is not a “silly prank,” as seen last year in Wichita, Kansas, when a police officer shot and killed a man during such an event.
Hogg was not home at the time of the incident. He was in Washington, D.C. with his family accepting a human rights award from the Robert F. Kennedy foundation.
Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Gina Carter said the call was “a hoax” and will be investigated.
Of all the responses to the incident from Twitter, National Review’s Jim Geraghty may have tweeted the most cerebral response.
“They’ll release the 911 tape of the swatting of Hogg’s family to see if any members of the public can recognize the voice, right?” he asks. “Because this a crime, not merely a ‘silly prank.'”
Then again, we are talking about the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.
They'll release the 911 tape of the swatting of Hogg's family to see if any members of the public can recognize the voice, right? Because this a crime, not merely a "silly prank."
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) June 5, 2018
Either way, the Hogg family home is quite the swanky spread.
Here’s a sampling of other responses, to include speculation over who may have been behind the call that came at a fortuitous time for the family, considering they were not at home.
He should be a lot more outraged about this than Publix donating to Putnam. I don't get this. At all. https://t.co/RLiBtqozb9
— KilroyFSU (@KilroyFSU) June 5, 2018
…aaaaand now my spidey senses are tingling. https://t.co/PC4KD5UrzH
— RBe (@RBPundit) June 5, 2018
uhhhhhh….. wut https://t.co/5Twz5Lp2NI
— American Journalists Publish Chinese Propaganda (@JohnEkdahl) June 5, 2018
Hogg, there is nothing silly about SWAT-ting someone. https://t.co/F1Rv291IKT
— ⚾️ Mary #FlyTheW 🐻 (@mchastain81) June 5, 2018
O.o wtf? That is NOT an appropriate response to some one trying to use the police TO KILL YOU.
Its not a "silly prank". Its DEADLY. https://t.co/QtlICyRCQo
— 🇺🇸 Freedom Flooflesnoots (@Talliy) June 6, 2018
Something about the response David Hogg gave about the swatting raises eyebrows. You don’t call swatting a silly prank. Seem like when a bunch of liberals were caught vandalizing their own property and blaming it on racists
— Boone (@snoopuhh) June 5, 2018
The fact Hogg calls #swatting a “Silly Prank” shows his lack of understanding of mortal danger. Even more worrisome is that he was the intended victim https://t.co/Rn9OnxvCYk
— Michael A. 🐺 (@WolffintheWild) June 5, 2018
Hang on… Hogg, the VICTIM, says: ““The swatting incident was just a silly prank”?
Let me reiterate that: The guy’s who’s house was swarmed by a SWAT team calls it “a silly prank”?
Am I the only on who thinks that is a completely inappropriate response here?#SomethingFishy
— BonkPolitics (@BonkPolitics) June 5, 2018
considering the response from Hogg was to downplay it as a “silly prank” i’m wondering what the vegas odds are on a joy reid-style time-traveling hacker being blamed if the authorities determine the swatting came from the device of someone on the left
— Dr Pepper Addict (@jer2911tx) June 5, 2018
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