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Police issue warning to parents about gun-shaped phone case

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Published: Oct. 5, 2018 at 7:31 AM CDT
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A California Sheriff's Department is warning parents against buying their children a phone case that resembles a gun.

Aaron P Sheehan, who identified himself as a police officer, posted a warning to Facebook Sept. 24. He said, "As a police officer, please, please do not buy this or allow your children to have this new phone case. Tell everyone you know, not just your kids."

The San Mateo County Deputy Sheriff's Association issued the warning on Oct. 1.

Please do not purchase or let your children purchase this cell phone case. Although a novelty, it will create unwanted scrutiny from law enforcement for whoever uses it. Regular citizens will see it and call 911 and then law enforcement will respond accordingly for a subject with a gun call. At minimum, someone will be proned out on the ground until the LEOs can secure the “Phone case” or someone could potentially get shot depending on their actions when LEOs respond.

The post has been shared more than 185,000 times, with thousands of comments from people raising concerns about the potential risks of children carrying these phone cases.

In February, a Florida high school was placed on lock-down after a student reported seeing a classmate with a gun in his pocket. When police responded, they discovered the reported gun was actually a phone case fashioned to look like a gun.

Please do not purchase or let your children purchase this cell phone case. Although a novelty, it will create unwanted...

Posted by San Mateo County Deputy Sheriff's Association on Monday, October 1, 2018