Swatting prank puts school on lockdown and leaves town on edge

Let’s get the big question out of the way – swatting. What it is? Those of you who are gamers and love to stream gameplay of popular titles such as DOTA2, Counter-Strike, League of Legends and so on, this word will probably fill you with dread and disgust.

What swatting basically means is someone who prank calls 911 or the streamers local cops and file a fake report such as there being a bomb or shooter in the area, or something that would cause an immediate and high powered response from a SWAT team.

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Snookies121450d ago (Edited 1450d ago )

People that do this should go to prison. It's absolutely ridiculous to waste time, money, and resources. If nothing else, anyone that does this should be fined a ton of money.

salmon_slapped1450d ago (Edited 1450d ago )

All of that and like the author said it's only a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt from this.

So ridiculous.

diesoft1449d ago

With the recent deaths of Michael Brown and others around the country shedding light on how some cops can have itchy trigger fingers I agree that it's only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt or killed.

Whoever thinks that is ok should get MAJOR prison time. Federal take-it-in-the-a$$ prison time.

ITPython1449d ago (Edited 1449d ago )

@diesoft - Yeah, all those poor criminal thugs across America being mistreated. How dare police defend themselves or others when being attacked or about to be attacked.

Instead the police, while their head is being crushed in, should ask the thug how their day was going, and if they want to have coffee at the local cafe to talk things over. Thugs, after all, are very reasonable calm people and welcome a nice dialog to talk things out to avoid any misunderstandings.

And in case it wasn't blatantly obvious, /sarcasm.

diesoft1449d ago

@ITPython WOW, you clearly don't understand the real issue at hand here.

Since I assume you're not actually talking about the topic of this article, you are making an ill-informed comment about the Michael Brown case. An unarmed person being shot 6 times, 4 in the arm and 2 in the head seems like a reasonable response to you in a town with a notoriously violent police force? Granted there is a lot of frustration dealing with morons who believe "don't snitch" is a very reasonable way to live but that doesn't make abuse of power okay.

If you ARE talking about the topic of the article then what you said doesn't make any sense. Try again.

ITPython1449d ago

PC master race at it's finest.

In all seriousness though, it's stuff like this that makes internet anonymity extremely important. But it seems nowadays more and more people just casually let others know who they are, what they are doing, where they live etc etc. It's not very smart IMO.

Not too long ago a popular youtuber showed a video of him taking out some squirrels that were infesting his home and property. Well because he lets people know his name and where he lives, somebody decided to troll him and notified fish and game (or some other agency like that) and they came and paid him a visit. Apparently it's not legal for him to kill the squirrels on his property.

jmac531449d ago

Well the police most definitely can track the original 911 call, so the caller should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and then become someone's bitch in prison.

Soldierone1449d ago

Was watching when it happened....

This won't end till someone gets shot. You have to realize that some of the people have airsoft guns, gun replicas from games, etc.... These guys actually put on skits (and had airsoft guns in the room) what if they were putting on a skit when Swat came?

Plus what happens when the cops start assuming it's a hoax? That one person that really does need help suddenly doesn't get help. It's called crying wolf.

ErcsYou1449d ago

I wouldn't call swatting a prank..

BoxOfShit1449d ago

They may trace the call unless it was made using a computer or hired someone to do it for them online. terrible either way

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