From time to time, we will post a NYTimes article with a downloadable vocabulary so that our students – you – can get an updated vocabulary from recent happenings.
This time, we are going to learn about the term “swatting”, which means to call the police – a SWAT unit – on your neighbor for some reason.
As the article reads, provoking heavily-armed units entails risk: here, some tech executives are the victims of swatting, but
Last year, a 26-year-old California man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for calling in dozens of fake emergency calls, including one that led to the fatal police shooting of a Kansas resident, Andrew Finch.
What do you think about ‘swatting’? A prank or a crime?
Read the article here, and find the relevant words in this pdf below: