Today, Congressman Mike Lawler (NY-17) introduced the Schools Want Accountability for Threats (SWAT) Act to increase the penalty for a swatting attack that specifica
“As the father of a little girl who will soon be entering into the school system, I have zero tolerance for anyone who would threaten the safety and wellbeing of our children,” said Congressman Mike Lawler (NY-17).
“Swatting incites terror among parents, traumatizes students and teachers, delays classroom instruction, and often results in the unnecessary deployment of law enforcement,” Congressman Lawler (NY-17) continued. “It is critical that we give prosecutors the resources to hold these criminals accountable for the full extent of their crimes and prevent threats against schools in the first place. The SWAT Act will do exactly that.”
The SWAT Act is co-sponsored by Representatives Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02), Troy Balderson (OH-12), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-01), and Anthony D’Esposito (NY-04). It is endorsed by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), and the International Union of Police Associations.