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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.

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