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Swatting is a growing trend amongst teens and it's landing them in prison! If you or any of your friends think that this is just a harmless prank, you better think again. Prison is not a vacation!!
Swatting is an internet prank in which a fake emergency call, such as a bomb threat or reporting a murder, is made to 911. The swatter who makes the anonymous report provides the targets address which is sometimes gained through an IP address gained online. The police shows up at the individual’s home or business.
You've read about celebrities getting swatted recently. The swatters think this is a harmless joke, but abusive 911 calls, fake reports can result in federal charges.
Fifteen-year-old Paul Horner was the first person in history to be charged for "swatting." This young man's life will never be the same again. He was convicted on two counts of domestic terrorism and was sentenced to twenty-five years to life in federal prison. Homer was part of a trend of gamers "swatting" other gamers. The teen reported several false threats against rival online gamers which resulted in SWAT team raids. (click here to read the full article).
On Wednesday, a Canadian teen was sentenced for 23 charges for swatting calls and other illegal behavior. The 17-year-old was a gamer whose targets were mostly online opponents in the video game League of Legends. His charges included a bomb threat against the Space Mountain ride at Disneyland. He will receive his sentence on June 29th. (click here to read the full article).
Think about the consequences before you act! Rule of thumb - if its something your parents wouldn't approve - its usually best not to do it. I can guarantee that these two teens would not be in prison had they said, "Hey dad/mom, what do you think about me calling in a murder threat or bomb threat prank? That will be so funny, right?"
If you don't - this place in the photo below might be your new home for a very very long time ... you won't like your neighbors at all ... just saying.
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