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Canadian Teen Pleads Guilty to Swatting Charges

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On May 15th, a 17-year-old Canadian boy pleaded guilty to 12 charges of swatting gamers over the last year.

“Swatting” is when a harasser calls the police to report a fake threat. The intention is to get a SWAT team sent to the target’s home. Swatting often involves fake reports of hostage situations or bomb threats—crimes that officers must take seriously. It’s incredibly dangerous for the victims. SWAT teams are heavily armed and they expect a threat. On top of that, mobilizing a SWAT team is a huge waste of police time and money.

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