In February, a 15-year-old student from DeLand High School in Florida was spotted walking around with the accessory, leading someone to call police on him for carrying a weapon. School officials placed the building on lockdown until officers realized the boy was carrying a phone cover that resembled a firearm.
“It makes no sense that cell phone accessories are being made to look like handguns and it makes no sense that gun manufacturers are making fatal weapons into novelties like pink handgun,” DeLand Police Chief Jason Umberger told WFTS. “But this is the reality that we are living with and what my officers have to be aware of to keep our community safe.”
“If you’re considering this as a cellphone case option please don’t. It’s a tragedy waiting to happen,” the Peabody Police Department said in a recent Facebook post.
“On first glance what do you see? Now imagine you’re a police officer in a poorly lit area and the person you’re concerned with pulls this out of their waistband. What do you do? If you said shoot good luck as you just shot someone who pulled a cellphone case out of their pants,” the post said.
Top Photo: San Mateo County Deputy Sheriff’s Office