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Officer warns teens they ‘can get shot’ if they participate in TikTok trend

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Teens in Texas are participating in a viral TikTok Door Knock challenge, causing distress and potentially criminal damage.

Friendswood Police Department claim a TikTok trend “is causing both physical and emotional distress for residents of all ages.”

The department warned that the “viral TikTok Door Knock challenge which encourages individuals to bang or kick doors in the middle of the night in an effort to startle residents.”

Videos show them running through neighborhoods at night, banging on doors to startle residents.

“I would tell them stop it before they get hurt, or they hurt somebody. Please don’t do this. It’s wrong. It’s very wrong,” said an elderly victim.

“It was scary. It was frightening. It was terrifying,” she added.

The challenge is described as dangerous, with potential for harm to both the participants and the residents.

Fort Bend County Constable Precinct 3 Chief Deputy Jimmy Evans, said, “This is a very dangerous game, very dangerous game.”

“I’m afraid a homeowner may think someone is trying to burglarize their residence and some innocent kid can get shot or killed,” warned Evans.

Police are seeking to identify the teenagers involved, and victims are urged to come forward.

One victim reported costly damage to her door.

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