- Associated Press - Sunday, March 6, 2016

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York congressman has proposed federal legislation to combat “swatting” in schools.

The term “swatting” refers to the practice of calling in false threats that lead to police SWAT team response. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney says the Middletown City School District has had more than 13 swatting incidents since last June. School Superintendent Ken Eastwood says the threats have cost the district about $100,000 for upgraded security and other measures.

Maloney’s Stop Swatting in Our Schools Act would designate swatting as a form of domestic terrorism and create an FBI task force to combat the practice.

Maloney and Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have called on the Federal Communications Commission to issue a waiver to the Middletown district to identify the calling party number used for swatting.

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