In recent years, a small amount of hackers and gamers have been anonymously reporting fake hostage situations, shootings, and other violent crimes designed to send elite police units, like SWAT teams, to unsuspecting people at their residences.
Kids are crazy nowadays. The first time I heard the term swatting I though I was being trolled, but once I looked further into it I found out it was actually real.
Really nice of them to show kids which apps, and cards they can buy to pull this type of “prank” off. (c/o ENDO)
So, you’re a juvenile. You’re bored – nothing to do…
I KNOW, let’s call in a SWAT Team on the crusty old neighbors down the block! That’ll be FUN!
Now I wasn’t adverse to a good prank or three when I was a kid. (I never did it) but the flaming bag of dog poop, and smoke bombs, fake vomit, plastic ice cubes with a fly inside, whoopee cushions, and prank telephone calls – these were good fun! We never did anything approaching criminal damage and rarely trespassed. And no real physical harm came to anyone or anything – we were good kids.
BECAUSE WE KNEW THERE WERE CONSEQUENCES FOR WORSE BEHAVIOR.
Now, having been physically abused as a child, corporal punishment is not the first parenting tool in my tool box. I think I spanked my daughter twice, when she was a toddler and this consisted of open-handed swats, two or three of them, to get her attention. That’s all.
Having said the above, I’m convinced those misguide yutes who call in SWAT on the unsuspecting innocent probably never received any swats.
And needed them.