A teenage boy was reportedly convicted for domestic terrorism, or what some refer to as ‘swatting’.
Various outlets said 15-year-old Paul Horner, from America, had been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the gaming offence.
Now if you’re like me, and have never heard of the term ‘swatting’, let me explain…
Swatting is an awful ‘prank’ – it’s actually classed as a crime – where another gamer, usually someone you hate, can find your address – either through your IP or because your name and location is known online.
They then make a 911 call and report a fake emergency, for example, someone can call and say that someone at that address is being held at a gun point and a SWAT team would be dispatched to the address.
Authorities, especially in America, are said to be taking a firmer stance on ‘swatting’ – a trend they say must stop to prevent wasting resources and time.
Over the last few years, ‘swatting’ has reportedly increased in popularity.
Authorities say it not only uses up lots of police resources, it risks innocent people getting shot.
According to various websites, Paul Horner was arrested when, during a stint playing Battlefield 4 and getting beat by another player, he called in a SWAT attack on the person.
Wesbite usarmy4life, reported when the SWAT team arrived, the other player’s father was critically injured after being shot by officers.
Paul reportedly said to police during the call:
I just shot and killed four people. If any police enter my home I will kill them too.
Following Paul’s ‘arrest’, people on Twitter reacted to the news, showing little sympathy for the teenager:
— CHRIS THRALL (@christhrall) September 1, 2014
— JarJar (@JarJarBlue) August 30, 2014
25 years in prison for 15 year old gamer who "swatted" another gamer. Look at the tears. Stop the violence. https://t.co/UeczHXfVWb
— Javier Cabrera (@doncabrera) August 30, 2014
Well it turns out, as reported by Snopes, it was all one big hoax – but jail sentences have been handed out to ‘swatters’ in the past.
Take note guys – ‘swatting’ wastes valuable time for authorities and those in need of genuine help, so don’t do it, EVER!
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