Teen Jumps Into Bass Pro Shops Aquarium; Charges Possible
May 03, 2017
There apparently is a social media trend of pranksters jumping into Bass Pro Shops aquariums and posting a video of their aberrant behavior on the Internet, according to media reports.
Police in Denver are investigating such an incident that happened Saturday (April 29) at a BPS location in Stapleton, Colo., during which a teenager allegedly jumped into the store's aquarium. The boy, who his head on the rocks, may face charges, KDVR in Denver reported.
A store employee told the TV station the teen "cracked his skull on the rocks," however, it wasn't clear if the boy had seriously hurt himself.
"It's kind of stupid. Why would you jump in?" a customer told KDVR.
BPS customer Cory Anderson told Denver CBS4 he thought the incident was due to a "lack of parenting."
The prank has been making the rounds on social media, according to reports. Employees saw another teen shooting the incident at the Denver-area store.
"Social media," Anderson said. "Honestly. I mean, peer pressure, and just to post things to get your five minutes of fame."
Bass Pro Shops issued the following statement about the incident:
"Yesterday a teenage minor attempted to enter our aquarium as part of an intended prank. Our associates and security team quickly addressed the issue safely and without incident. We also appreciate the assistance of local law enforcement. Such occurrences are extremely rare and highly discouraged. We host more than 120 million visitors every year and provide a safe, fun experience for families who share our respect for wildlife."
Police told CBS4 the teen has been ordered to meet with detectives in the near future. There was no word on his condition.
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