The San Antonio area has seen an increase in the number of “swatting calls” this year, according to the Southwest Texas Fusion Center. A swatting call is a false or hoax call made to emergency services with the intention of provoking a response from the SWAT team. This dangerous prank has become a growing concern in the region.
In 2022, there were only three reported swatting calls in the San Antonio area. However, this year, the number has already risen to seven. The Southwest Texas Fusion Center has been actively responding to these incidents, along with other school-related matters such as threats of violence and bomb threats. Since the beginning of the school year, they have addressed a total of 67 school incidents.
Unfortunately, the rise in fake threats and swatting calls is not limited to San Antonio. Across the country, these incidents are becoming more frequent. The nonprofit organization Educators School Safety Network revealed that nearly 64% of violent calls made to K-12 schools last year turned out to be fake reports. This alarming trend highlights the need for increased vigilance and stricter measures to combat such dangerous pranks.
Just recently, East Central Independent School District (ISD) had to deal with swatting calls that resulted in the evacuation of East Central High School. Understandably, this caused fear and concern among parents. Fortunately, no one was harmed during the incident. The superintendent assured the community that the case is under investigation, and updates will be provided in due course.
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The rise in swatting calls is a serious issue that poses a threat to public safety. It is essential for authorities and communities to work together to identify and apprehend those responsible for these dangerous pranks. By raising awareness and implementing stricter measures, we can ensure the safety and well-being of our communities.