It appears as if famed actor Tom Cruise’s Beverly Hills mansion was the latest home to be one in which a popular prank sends officials to homes to investigate possible criminal activity.
Reports indicate that a SWAT team was dispatched to Cruise’s home after a call came in that there was a gunman on the premises Friday afternoon.
After officials walked around the premises of Cruise’s home, they found that there was no gunman at Tom Cruise’s house. There wasn’t even a trace of criminal activity at Cruise’s house… so officials were able to deduce that… (drum roll please…)
Cruise’s home was the latest in a prank that is called “swatting”. What is “swatting” you ask? Well it’s when a prank caller calls 911 had has SWAT teams sent to the houses of various celebrities (or even businesses).
It appears as if several celebrities have had their homes “swatted”. Those “swatted” celebrities include: Charlie Sheen, Miley Cyrus, Simon Cowell, Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher.
The “swatting” hoaxes seem to have adolescent individuals in the backdrop, who perhaps take time from their studying and athletics to participate in “swatting” pranks. (What. A. Surprise.) In fact, additional reports indicate that back in December, Los Angeles police arrested a 12-year-old boy believed to be behind several “swatting” pranks in which SWAT teams were dispatched to the homes of Kutcher and Bieber, as well as several Los Angeles businesses.
The pre-teen boy used a computer program that allowed him to make TTY calls used by people who are hearing-impaired. The (clever?) boy set up a fake account and began making the swatting calls via text to LAPD. Officials say that there is nothing funny about “swatting” and if the pranks continue, someone could be seriously harmed or even killed.
Now if we can get these “swatting” pranksters to use their drive and tenacity for something good…
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Cicely C. Mitchell, 100.3 THE BULL/ Houston