PARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) - Members of the Broward Sheriff’s Office SWAT team responded to the home of activist David Hogg after someone made a prank hostage call.
According to BSO, deputies received a call at around 8:30 a.m., saying someone broke into Hogg’s home with an AR-15 rifle and was holding the family hostage.
Deputies determined that no one was home at the time and that the call was unfounded.
A dispatcher said in a call, “Also, I received an additional call from someone named Tyreek. He advised he is 10-97 inside of the home … advised he stabbed one male in the neck. Patient approximately 18 to 20 years of age.”
Hogg is currently in Washington D.C. to meet with senators regarding future March For Our Lives activities.
Hogg and a large group of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas have arisen as activists for gun reform after 17 people were gunned down at their school on Feb. 14.
In a phone conversation, Hogg said this prank is simply just a distraction from the work he and his classmates are trying to accomplish.
“[They’re] trying to distract people from the March For Our Lives Road to Change, which we announced yesterday,” Hogg said. “[It’s] a push to get the highest numbers of youth voters ever in American history turn out to vote come this November.”
On Monday, Hogg joined several other Stoneman Douglas students as they launched the two-month, 75-city nationwide tour.
Hogg said his opponents are so against gun control that they’re willing to do anything to change the subject, even falsify a hostage call.
“It’s somebody that is willing to waste hundreds of thousands of tax-paying dollars and waste the resources of law enforcement, and it’s somebody that wants to distract us from trying to save lives,” Hogg said.
Hunter Pollack, the older brother of shooting victim Meadow Pollack, tweeted his outrage upon hearing of the prank.
Three schools were locked down as a result of the prank call, including Stoneman Douglas.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office said they plan to investigate and arrest the person behind the call.
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