The home of David Hogg, the student survivor of February's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, was subject to a vicious prank on Tuesday. Hogg's response was impressively professional.
The Broward County Sheriff's Office received a call Tuesday morning that Hogg's home had been "swatted" — a prank caller claimed there was an active hostage situation at the Hogg residence, prompting law enforcement officials to dispatch an armada of fire and rescue crews.
"Swatting" prank reported at home of Parkland teen activist David Hogg, who was out of town at the time.… https://t.co/4olknwN8jf— ABC News (@ABC News)1528213750.0
Hogg and his mother are currently in Washington as he receives the RFK Human Rights award for his activist work on gun control.
Hogg, who heard about the prank through a friend, responded to the swatting in a phone interview with ABC affiliate Local 10. Hogg and his fellow student activists have been victimized by right-wing extremists in the four months since the school shooting, including government officials and conservative media pundits. But Hogg isn't letting the haters stand in his way of pushing for gun safety reform.
It’s pretty clear what happened here: conservatives have incited violence against David Hogg and now people are try… https://t.co/fGPkCbW9Ye— abolish ice. send homan to the hague. (@abolish ice. send homan to the hague.)1528209615.0
"I think it's really a distraction from what we're trying to fix here, which is the massive gun-violence epidemic in this country," Hogg told reporter Liane Morejon. He added the incident is "evidence of the fact of how many people are trying to stop us from what we're trying to do, which is stop these kids from dying."
"There's people trying to distract from what we're trying to push here, which is the March For Our Lives Road To Change. And I want people to know, like, we're just trying to advocate for change. There's going to be people against it and always will be, but we're going to keep going no matter what. Nothing will stop us."
Hogg's neighborhood swarmed with tactical teams following the prank call, which left residents of the community extremely unsettled.
Following months of right-wing media attacks, family of Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg is targeted in danger… https://t.co/a8BGxy1FGy— Media Matters (@Media Matters)1528213275.0
"Today, we're walking -- we're going for a walk, and we saw some helicopters here, so we're like, 'Oh my God. What's going on?'" neighbor Marcia Marques said. "We are still trying to overcome everything because everything is very difficult, but that episode made us feel more attentive."
The @NRA reminds you: The folks against @davidhogg111, who just tried to get him shot to death by mistake, are FOR… https://t.co/wMtRtmpdTa— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@Mrs. Betty Bowers)1528214267.0
"Two police cars, two motorcycles. We should be doing better," Courtney Keisen a Stoneman Douglas student, said. "Something like this shouldn't happen a lot."
Make no mistake, this is attempted murder, not a "prank:" SWAT team busts into home of Parkland teen David Hogg aft… https://t.co/k4tTacHtZi— Greg Pinelo (@Greg Pinelo)1528211130.0
Hogg later tweeted that he "could use a chocolate chip muffin" following the news.
I could really use a chocolate chip muffin right now.— David Hogg (@David Hogg)1528206805.0
He also expressed gratitude for his followers' ongoing support.
Love you guys— David Hogg (@David Hogg)1528222965.0