Warning: A Baby Was Nearly Hit by Teens Shooting Strangers With Pellet Guns in Massachusetts
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Seriously, just stop it! I don't know why I'm shocked by anything anymore, to be honest. But here we go again, with another dangerous TikTok challenge that's sweeping not just the country but the world, and it has now hit suburban Boston. The photos and video in this article show what's been going on in other parts of the country, and it's distressing.
Thank you Maine and New Hampshire for not taking the challenge when this article was published.
Here's video from Florida, posted on a Texas station (two other states battling this challenge) of a mother getting hit. Luckily, her baby wasn't hit at all.
It's called the "Orbeez Challenge" because it involves an Orbeez pellet gun, and it's sweeping the nation with reports of people getting hurt across the country and world.
Well, of course people are getting hurt. Teens are shooting pellets at them. The challenge dares them to shoot unsuspecting strangers with these gel pellet guns.
It disgusts me to call it a trend, but that's basically what it is because it's going viral on TikTok and gaining traction. It has police across the country warning us of the dangers of merely walking down the street.
Concord, Massachusetts police have now reported three incidents according to their Facebook page.
Concord Police Chief Joseph O'Connor says that the third report came from a woman putting a baby in her vehicle. Doesn't this make you sick?
Chief O'Connor adds that these types of attacks could lead to assault and battery charges. And that's not just in Concord. Teens are actually posting video with #orbeezchallenge.
Police departments across the country are urging parents to talk with their kids about the dangers of this challenge. It's so frustrating to know that that conversation actually has to be a thing, but again, I guess nothing should shock me anymore.