The TikTok Orbeez Challenge has prompted law officials to issue warnings to the public about the dangers of the viral fad. Earlier this week, police received allegations of youngsters shooting each other with gel beads. Some of those involved with the movement have been arrested.
Orbeez balls were self-absorbent polymeric beads that expand when soaked in water. Many of the items are touted as children’s toys because of their softness and bounce.
In the Orbeez Challenge on TikTok, participants used toy guns to blast balls at strangers while simultaneously recording their reactions. Participants in the trend can be seen making fun of those who are injured by Orbeez balls.
HEADS UP: The Orbeez Challenge can get you in trouble. Multiple agencies have had reports of people hit by gel beads fired from toy blaster guns.
Recently, deputies arrested a 19-year-old who shot an Amazon driver in @CityofDeltona. He was hit in his glasses & neck while driving. pic.twitter.com/RI6GQvElVz
— Volusia Sheriff (@VolusiaSheriff) March 16, 2022
Despite their softness, polymer beads can inflict severe damage, prompting law authorities to issue warnings to the public regarding their use.
Accidents in the Orbeez Challenge have been investigated.
Two Georgian youngsters were shot multiple times during the craze and the abdomen. At least one of them was killed as a group of adolescents on a golf cart drove away.
Children aged eight and ten were shot with Orbeez balls by Peachtree City Police Department. Additionally, the object is frozen to inflict more harm on the occupants.
Aggravated assault underage driving of a golf cart were charges against the 14-year-old and his pal when they were arrested.
When Sean McMullen, 19, opened fire on an Amazon employee in Volusia County, Florida, authorities apprehended him and charged him with attempted murder earlier this month. Two other adults and a 10-year-old youngster have also been accused of being shot by this adolescent. He was struck in the face and chest by a bullet.
Some passing teens opened fire on a mother and her 2-year-old child in Port Orange. Police in Port Orange, Florida, apprehended three people in connection with the shooting of several people but were unable to comprehend the offender. In one case, they left a victim with scarlet welts on his skin after tearing his skin.
Police have issued warnings to people taking part in the dangerous challenge
The Peach Tree police force has stated that the challenge can result in “permanent damage” to individuals who are shot at. According to the statement, those who took part in the challenge will face criminal penalties. They retorted, “
A felony prosecution could be issued in some situations, and parents could be held responsible for their children’s acts.”
Then, the statement went on:
A police department in Peachtree City, Georgia, has urged parents to open up and talk about the dangers of this new practice. All violations of municipal code or state law relating to the discharge of these weapons onto city property or at reluctant participants will be prosecuted accordingly.”
As the Atlantic Coast Police Department put it, shooting at “unsuspecting people” with these objects is “a crime.” Criminal charges may be brought against those who participate in the challenge. According to the researchers, children should be educated “about the consequences of conduct like this” by parents and guardians.