A phone call about a possible hostage situation in Parkland, Fla., on Tuesday morning led police officers to swarm the home of one of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s most outspoken student activists.
It turned out to be a prank called “swatting” — an illegal hoax call increasingly employed as a harassment tactic.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said the target of call was the Parkland home of Stoneman Douglas senior David Hogg. The 18-year-old has emerged as one of the leading voices at the high school since a Feb. 14 massacre by a former student who opened fire with an AR-15-styled rifle and killed 17 students and staff on campus.
“They said there was someone...