Politics

Someone SWATted Parkland Activist David Hogg, Said Hostages Were Taken

Virginia Kruta Associate Editor

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office sent a SWAT team to the home of Parkland student-activist David Hogg after reports that someone inside had a weapon and that hostages may have been taken.

The call, received at 8:39am local time, was determined to be a hoax after the SWAT team entered and cleared the home (which was unoccupied at the time).

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Hogg told BuzzFeed that the hoax was likely being used to distract people from his recently-announced cross country youth voter-registration drive, a road trip being undertaken in conjunction with the “March for our Lives.”

“The main thing I would say is they’re trying to distract us from the March for Our Lives ‘Road to Change,’ which is the largest youth voter registration push in American history by other young kids going to over 75 congressional districts getting kids registered to vote … We’re pushing for change at a level that people our age have only done a few times before in history.”

The hoax is currently being investigated by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.