TEENAGERS are filming themselves coughing on produce in grocery stores and then posting the videos to social media amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Police in Virginia reported they had tracked down two juveniles who took part in the “disturbing trend” on Wednesday.
The Purcellville Police Department originally posted on Facebook that a group of teenagers allegedly filmed themselves coughing on fruits and vegetables and posted it to social media.
The post read: “The investigation concluded the teenagers were getting close to other patrons and coughing into their own sleeves, while filming it on their phones.”
After viewing the video footage, officers determined no actual customers or produce were spit or coughed on directly.
The two juveniles questioned admitted to their involvement, and it was determined that there was no criminal intent.
Due to the age of the minors involved, no names or video footage will be released.
The department noted that the actions of the teenagers appears to be part of a growing and "disturbing trend" amid the deadly COVID-19 outbreak, which has resulted in schools being closed across the country.
There have been multiple reports of millennials and teenagers ignoring CDC recommendations and statewide regulations about social distancing.
The police urged parents to “talk with your children and explain to them why such behavior is wrong.”
It comes as Illinois joined New York and California in lockdowns to curb coronavirus spread, as the Governor announced a "shelter in place" order on Friday.
The order, limiting all residents to stay in their homes unless absolutely essential, goes into effect at 5pm on Saturday and will last until April 7, Governor J.B. Pritzker said.
There have been more than 14,600 cases of COVID-19 across America, and 210 deaths confirmed.
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