IT expert talks about swatting and cyberbullying

Published: Dec. 29, 2017 at 5:47 PM CST
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Gamers say what started as an online argument, ended in tragedy.

Several comments were posted on social media by gamers after Andrew Finch was shot and killed, in what police are calling a swatting situation, a prank.

IT expert Vince Hancock says arguments over gaming is common, but this one went too far.

"People will get their egos involved and someone beats someone else up, words are said. The smart ones know to leave it on the playing field and that's that, others want to bring the fight into the real world," said Hancock

People on social media tell us there was a dollar wager during an online game Thursday. Two players started to argue. Gamers say that led a player to post personal information about the other and threatened to send police to their house. The player responded by giving out an address- it wasn't his. Then a third person was brought into the argument - a known swatter.

Hancock says something needs to be done.

"It's one thing to be immature in the field of play, but let's grow some common sense and say it ends there. Cyberbullying is inappropriate and swatting is absolutely off the table now."