Americas DANGEROUS New Trend


The United States is witnessing a disturbing trend that’s putting lives at risk and stretching our law enforcement resources thin. The practice known as “swatting” has seen a fivefold increase in incidents, particularly targeting schools and Jewish centers. This dangerous hoax involves making false reports to police, often claiming an ongoing violent crime or other emergencies, with the intent of drawing a heavily armed police response to a location where no such threat exists.

Swatting is not a harmless prank; it is a serious crime with potentially deadly consequences. When law enforcement officers respond to what they believe is a life-threatening situation, it puts both the officers and innocent civilians in harm’s way. The recent swatting attempt at the White House, although quickly identified as a hoax, underscores the brazenness of these criminals and the vulnerability of even the most secure locations.

The rise in swatting calls correlates with the toxic political atmosphere permeating the country. High-profile individuals, including celebrities and government officials, have become targets. Republican Senator Rick Scott recently experienced this firsthand when his home was targeted, describing the act as a “despicable act of cowardice” aimed at terrorizing his family.

In response to the growing threat, Senator Scott, alongside Senator Tommy Tuberville, has introduced legislation seeking to amend the federal government’s criminal hoax statute. The proposed “Preserving Safe Communities by Ending Swatting Act” would impose severe penalties on those found guilty of swatting, with prison sentences of up to 20 years if the hoax leads to serious injuries.

The Education School Safety Network has reported a staggering increase in hoax calls about mass shooters in schools, from 69 incidents in the 2018-2019 school year to 446 in the 2022-2023 school year. This alarming statistic not only highlights the cruel nature of swatting but also its impact on the sense of security within our educational institutions.

It’s clear that swatting is a national issue that requires a strong and unified response. The Jewish community in North America, in particular, has expressed major concerns for their safety and security due to the rise in swatting incidents. It’s imperative that we stand together to protect all communities from these acts of terror.

As a nation, we must support measures that will bring these dangerous hoaxes to an end. It’s time to send a clear message that swatting is a serious crime that will be met with serious consequences.

Our communities deserve to feel safe, and our law enforcement officers should not be diverted from real emergencies by these malicious acts. It’s not just about protecting individuals; it’s about preserving the integrity of our emergency response systems and ensuring the safety of our society as a whole.