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TRUE – Razor Blades Found on Playground Equipment in East Moline

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Circulating social media post warns that a young child was hurt after he unknowingly grabbed a razor blade attached to playground equipment at a park in East Moline, Illinois. 

Brief Analysis

The claims in the message are true. Local news reports indicate that East Moline authorities discovered around 12 razor blades glued to play equipment in the park.  A two-year-old child was cut on the hand. Police have examined other parks in the area but have not found any more blades so far. Parents and guardians in the area are advised to check playground equipment before allowing children to play.

Example

Please pay attention everyone!

This happened in East Moline, IL at Millennium Park.

My friend’s poor baby boy was hurt at the park after he unknowingly held onto a razor that was plastered onto the playground by some twisted-sick person. Thankfully he is okay but I wanted to put this out there since she has given me permission.

It doesn’t matter how far away from here this happened, I will be paying so much more attention now to things that should never have to cross a parent’s mind.

 

Detailed Analysis

A message currently circulating via social media warns that a young child in East Moline, Illinois was injured when he grabbed a razor blade that had been attached to the playground equipment he was playing on. According to the message, the incident occurred at Millennium Park in the city.

Because such warnings often turn out to be hoaxes, some recipients have questioned the veracity of the post.

However, the claims in the message are true. Local news outlets in the area have reported the incident and police are investigating. A March 25 2014 KWQC news article reports:

Authorities in East Moline say they found around a dozen razor blades glued to playground equipment this afternoon at Millennium Park on Archer Drive in East Moline. Police say a two-year-old child was injured with a cut on his hand.

News reports indicate that police have searched other parks in the city but, at the time of writing, no more razors have been found. Police so far have no suspects in the case. 
Parents and guardians in the area should certainly remain vigilant and check playground equipment before children begin using them.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer