The act of “swatting”, or sending armed police to somebody’s house as a prank, is up there with about the dumbest things you can do. So when police in Canada and Florida got a chance to actually arrest someone suspected of faking a school shooting, they went right after him.
A 17-year-old Canadian (pictured above with his face censored), who cannot be identified because he’s a minor, is in custody after a joint operation between police in Florida and British Columbia. The boy is alleged to have made two threats against Fort Meade High School earlier this year, one saying he would “shoot everyone” at the school and the other that he would “blow everyone up”.
Both threats were made to target a girl he reportedly met online, who had rejected his advances. The girl, also unnamed, was not only forced to move schools, but was also the subject of a third swatting, when the same boy called police, gave the girl’s home address and claimed “he was inside the house, had killed his parents, and would kill any officers who came to the scene.”
All three hoaxes brought a police response, with the shooting threat resulting in the school being placed on lockdown, police spending “several hours searching for an armed suspect.”
He was arrested after police tracked both phone calls and emails to his home.
The CBC reports that the boy, who is being tried in Canada, has been charged with “one count of extortion, three counts of public mischief, and three counts relating to breach of probation”. He’s also going to be the subject of civil action, which will “recoup thousands of dollars in wasted police resources”.