ROCKDALE COUNTY—The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office said today that it has received several reports concerning a toy gun known as the “Splatter” gun and is warning parents to be aware of the dangers and consequences of their use.
The battery-operated semi-automatic toy guns are posing serious safety concerns and an increasing number of reports have come from the Rockdale County School District Students are bringing the toy guns to school and putting students and staff at risk. Young people also are using the toy guns in TIK TOK challenges, a rising trend, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The toy guns are loaded with small, gel projectiles called “Orbeez” or water beads. The water beads are sometimes frozen before they are loaded into the toy guns and fired during TIK TOK battles.
“The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office urges individuals engaged in these activities to be mindful of the consequences when pointing a gun, real or fake, at anyone. These consequences can result in criminal charges, the use of force, and even death,” the Sheriff’s Office stated in its March 14 news release.
“We urge parents to discuss the dangers and consequences of these “Splatter” guns with their children to keep our community safe.”