A 22-year-old gamer by the name of Matthew Tollis has been sentenced to prison for a year and a day thanks to “malicious conveying of false information.”
Tollis is a member of a gaming group called TCOD, and that stands for, seriously, TeAM CrucifiX or Die. As a member of this group, Tollis was a part of making bomb threats at schools in states around the U.S. and swatting streamers.
Swatting, in case you’re out of the loop, is when a viewer of a livestream calls the police and directs them to the host’s home. They’ll tell the police that the host has hostages, and that means the police brings the S.W.A.T. team. This all happens on air, live, and that’s where the guilty party gets their thrills.
It’s terrifying, horribly unsafe and a massive waste of government money.
Tollis pled guilty to making bomb threats in a high school in New Jersey, and his year long sentence and subsequent parole with community service takes into account the swatting incidents he played a part in.
Don’t swat people, kids, it’s terrible.