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Helena PD: Children hit during “Orbeez” challenge

Officials with the Helena Police Department say two young children were hit by “Orbeez” as part...
Officials with the Helena Police Department say two young children were hit by “Orbeez” as part of a new social media challenge.(Arizona's Family)
Published: Mar. 20, 2022 at 9:13 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 20, 2022 at 9:24 PM CDT
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HELENA, Ala. (WBRC) - Officials with the Helena Police Department say two young children were hit by “Orbeez” as part of a new social media challenge.

Authorities say the challenge from TikTok involves people firing “Orbeez” at people with an air powered rifle, including firing at victims while driving in a vehicle. Police say on Sunday, March 20, 2022, that two young children were hit in this challenge, with one being hit in the face. Police say the children were not seriously hurt. Still they are warning against these dangerous online challenges, and stress those who participate will face consequences.

“It is not worth the extra clicks you may get or likes on whatever page or platform you are using to put your future and especially the safety of someone else as a cost of that. It is just not worth it. So we just ask everyone to please be smart and think these things through because it is not worth it,” said Chief Brad Flynn.

Authorities say a neighbor took a photo of the license plate, which helped Helena Police identify the suspects. They will be criminally charged.

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