Gamer Tells Cops "I Killed My Mother" After Bad Call of Duty Game; The Rise of "Swatting"

Some of us aren't getting any smarter.

Some gamers apparently aren't getting any smarter--and with this, these gamers make the rest of us look really stupid.

Yesterday in Long Island, New York, another hit of a rising trend called "swatting"--calling the police on false pretense and scoring points depending on how many units show up to the target's address--occurred as the caller, who identified himself as Rafael Castillo, 17, called 911 and said he'd killed his mother and might shoot more people.

I'm sorry, whose idea was this?

Apparently the idea of 'swatting' is to call the police on someone else and have as many units as possible show up at the given address; generally, the loser calls the police imitating the person they lost to. In this case, the target had no idea the police (and ultimately SWAT team) were descending upon his residence.

In the rabid fight to get society to take gamers seriously and not write the lot of us off as immature, basement-dwelling assholes, it's people like this who ruin the image for the rest of us. And just in case anyone was unclear, calling police under false pretense (prank calling 911) is illegal and can be a punishable offense.

Supposedly police are going to start using a 'electronic footprint' to catch the jerks behind the prank. Each occurrence costs taxpayers about $100,000; this one in particular shut down an entire neighborhood.

Good one, guys. No, really. Most of us love watching you ruin our reputations.

Former Staff Editor

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Published Apr. 23rd 2014
  • Delta Squad Reaper
    "Swatting"?? My son ever does that, then it's gonna be called a "Swift kick in the a** for an eternity." I thought humanity could not get any worse...I was obviously wrong.
  • [[Deleted]]
    This just happened in Edmonton the other day.

    The sad part is, even when they track down the caller he / she will most likely get a minor fine or a few weeks in jail.

    Meanwhile the rest of the taxpayers will be paying hundreds of thousands of dollars each time these pranks are pulled.... I can think of better things to spend taxpayers money on... like fixing potholes.

    I think the penalty should include paying in - full for the cost of the excursion. Once a few of these kids get slapped with garnished wages for the rest of their lives maybe the rest will learn to stop calling 911 because they got sniped in Call of Duty.
  • Brian S
    Featured Correspondent
    Maybe online games in general should just be rated M so that this kind of crap doesn't happen. If they can't handle losing...

    I'm kidding of course, but seriously, come on, kid.
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    Good things about games are just not juicy enough for mainstream media. It has to be about someone like this or they won't say anything at all. Wheres Jean-Luke Picard when you need him.
  • Capt. Eliza Creststeel
    Downtown kids play Knockout while uptown kids play Swatting. No chance we can combine these two asinine things? Both are ways bratty punk kids get their jollies. In either case, we would all like to see some justice done - like the Swatting kid get Knock'ed Out then the Knockout kid can get hauled off by the Swat guys.

    But, the sad thing is - something like this will eventually end up with someone being hurt or killed when the police show up in force at the unsuspecting prankee and things turn ugly.
  • Katy Hollingsworth
    Former Staff Editor
    Yeah, it has the potential to get really bad, really quickly. We see stories of police shooting unarmed people for no real reason (though it's usually justified later) or doing some other not-really-appropriate-to-the-situation thing.

    It might be fairly harmless now (yet expensive), but I agree with you, something REALLY bad will eventually happen.
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    I hate that people are seriously still doing this... won't lie that I'm not happy the arsehat at least got caught for being so self-centered and deluded.
  • Fathoms_4209
    Featured Columnist
    Terribly pathetic.
  • NorthwestGamer
    It blows my mind how some people just have no intelligence at all.
  • Germ_the_Nobody
    I can't believe it's even known as "swatting".
  • Katy Hollingsworth
    Former Staff Editor
    It seems... fitting, though. I think the ultimate goal is to get the SWAT team there.
  • Germ_the_Nobody
    lol Yeah I misread. The "who identified himself as Rafael Castillo, 17" threw me off. I already edited. You're quick like me is all. =)
  • Katy Hollingsworth
    Former Staff Editor
    :P No worries!

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