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David Hogg SWAT Hoax Targets Parkland School Shooting Survivor

David Hogg SWAT Hoax Targets Parkland School Shooting Survivor
David Hogg joins his fellow students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 classmates and teachers were killed during a mass shooting, for the National School Walkout on April 20, 2018, in Parkland, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 05 June 2018 02:34 PM

David Hogg's home was reportedly visited by a SWAT team Tuesday morning after a false report was made claiming an emergency at a home matching the residence of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor in Parkland, Florida.

Authorities received a report that someone was barricaded inside the house, which local news sites matched with the recent graduate and gun control advocate, Time magazine reported.

Time called the incident an apparent case of "swatting," in which a false report is made with the intention of getting a SWAT team to respond to the location.

No one was home at the time of the call, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office officials, who searched the area and placed a nearby school on lockdown for over an hour, NBC Miami reported.

According to WSVN-TV, the prank call was placed at about 8:30 a.m., claiming that someone with an AR-15 rifle was holding people hostage inside the home.

Hogg is currently in Washington, D.C., meeting with senators regarding his activism efforts that have arisen from the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 people at the school from which Hogg graduated Sunday.

"[They’re] trying to distract people from the March For Our Lives Road to Change, which we announced yesterday," Hogg said, according to WSVN-TV. "[It’s] a push to get the highest numbers of youth voters ever in American history turn out to vote come this November."

The March for Our Lives Road to Change set to launch next week is a two-month bus tour with at least 75 stops in more than 20 states, USA Today noted.

"We’re going to places where the NRA has bought and paid for politicians who refuse to take simple steps to save our lives," the March for Our Lives leaders said in a statement, according to USA Today.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office is investigating Tuesday's hoax.

Earlier this year, Hogg was targeted by conspiracy theorist Mike Adams, who reportedly set up a Hoggwatch website to discredit the teen.

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