TOMS RIVER – A teenager in Edmonton, Canada was charged in a swatting incident that put the area of Toms River Intermediate East on high alert.
“Swatting” is when someone makes a prank call trying to get armed police officers to converge on a location. This happened on November 21 when local police were informed of a threat at the school.
Police said the building was secured and the threat was determined to be false.
In less than an hour, Detective Graham Borg and Corporal Jesse Robertazzi of Toms River’s Cyber Crimes Unit identified the suspect as a 14-year-old boy in Edmonton. With the assistance of Officer Scott Fallano, the child was also linked to another swatting call at a Toms River residence the day before.
Edmonton police arrested and charged the 9th grader with the two swatting incidents in Toms River, police said.