Superhero-Costumed ‘To Troll a Predator’ Teens Admonished by Police [Video]
We all had a great laugh at the activities of some Canadian teenagers who took it upon themselves to pwn some alleged pedophiles by posing online as underage girls, arranging rendezvous and showing up dressed as Batman to taunt them within an inch of their allegedly perverted lives. However, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were less enthusiastic about this distinctly dramatic form of justice/trolling, saying it could be much more dangerous than the teens understood.
"I don't think they really realized the scope of this and what the consequences could have been," RCMP Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth told The Huffington Post.
According to a CTV News report, when Chilliwack, British Columbia police got wind of what the trolling teens were up to, they stepped in to scare them straight.
RCMP Cpl. Matt Van Laer said the teenagers had no way of predicting how their targets would react, including how willing potential predators might be to target real victims -- not just the fake ones they were supposed to be meeting with.
"If they (predators) go to the wrong park, or if they go to the wrong meeting zone, and/or they are in a state of arousal of some sort, they might decide to act on another child, completely unrelated," he told CTV British Columbia.
As such, police visited the homes of one of the To Troll a Predator teens, as detailed in a series of posts on the project's Facebook page:
The future of our channel is unknown. Due to police intervention we will be discontinuing the To Troll a Predator series. I hope those who viewed the videos shared many laughs with us while we could. Hope you can understand.
Just to clear it up, they contacted us in the case of our own safety. They stuck together a bunch of different scenarios that could likely happen and we decided it wasnt worth the risk. And us still being minors it puts our parents at risk also.
To that end, the superhero troll team has removed all their videos from YouTube and is asking followers to flag and report any unathorized re-uploads.
RCMP Cpl. Hollingsworth told The Huffington Post that police have not identified any of the men who were lured into the Trolls' traps, and that they are not considering charges against the teens at this point.
This marks the second time this month that costumed vigilantes have been pacified by local authorities, following the arrest, unmasking and firing of Phoenix Jones. Can a real-life Keane Act be far behind?