U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer called for $10 billion in federal funding to fight swatting calls nationwide in an announcement at Troy High School on April 10.

On Monday, April 10, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer spoke at Troy High School, calling for federal funding to create a cyber swatting team to investigate hoax shooting calls like the ones targeting Troy and several other local schools in recent weeks.

Senator Schumer was joined by Superintendent John Carmello, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Donna Watson, Board of Education President Anne Wager-Rounds, Board Member Donny Miller, Troy High School Assistant Principal Matt Robinson, Troy Teachers Association (TTA) President Beth Willson, TTA Vice President Robert Wallen, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) president Andy Pallotta, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden, Troy Police Chief Dan DeWolf, several Troy High School students, and East Greenbush Assistant Superintendent Roy Stiles.

“This is not a victimless crime. This is a crime that causes trauma,” Schumer said.

New York’s senior Senator also called for the FBI to launch a full investigation into the recent swatting incidents at schools and begin tracking all swatting incidents nationwide.

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