When the Mannequin Challenge first found its way into the public consciousness in November, most people saw it as a fun and creative way to interact with friends and followers online.
However, one group of males in Huntsville, Alabama saw it as an opportunity to lay down the gauntlet to police and the wider public with a Mannequin Challenge clip featuring a total of 19 blokes holding firearms, pointed at each other, as part of a freeze-framed “shootout”.
A viral hit upon arrival online last month, the clip soon piqued the interest of the local law enforcement, who decided to investigate the group and their concerning video clip, which accumulated more than four million views online.
“You have a lot of people with firearms at one address,’ Captain Mike Salomonsky explained to WHNT.
“And you have to ask yourself the question, “Why?” and the second question you have to ask yourself: Is it a public safety issue?”
The subsequent investigation proved a fruitful one too, with police uncovering guns, body armour and even marijuana in their search.
Uncovered as part of an early morning raid, two suspects were arrested in the aftermath after two handguns, an assault rifle and an single-barrel shotgun were found among the items.
Though the arrests are unlikely to quell the number of young people carrying firearms in the US, it could just make some of them think twice before posing for a Mannequin challenge like this again.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.