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Teens Charged for Squirting Water with Squirt Gun

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By Deanne Katz, Esq. on June 27, 2012 9:45 AM

It's dangerous out there in the summer given the risk of sunburn, mosquito bites, and... drive by squirt-gun attacks?

Apparently if you live in Pennsylvania, you have to be on the lookout for random acts of squirt-gun violence. That's what happened Wednesday, when police cited four young adults for assaulting an unnamed woman and her younger brother with chlorinated water.

The woman and her brother were just standing outside her house when the group of four drove by and allegedly squirt-gunned her through the car window. They then drove off but not before the woman took down their license plate number.

So what happens to these watery assailants?

What they did was technically assault but all four were charged with disorderly conduct and harassment according to New Castle News.

It all seems like fun and games, but remember that the victim didn't know right away that the squirt-gun contained only chlorinated water. It's also possible that she saw the group drive up and wasn't sure if they were planning more damage. Actions that intentionally make someone feel threatened falls within the definition of harassment.

The charge of disorderly conduct works as a legal catch-all to cover inappropriate conduct that doesn't fall neatly into another category. "Felony squirt-gunning" is unlikely to become a crime anytime. This additional category helps curb potentially unsafe behavior that isn't expressly outlawed.

The rambunctious bunch admitted to the incident but the police investigation didn't stop there.

One of the group member's parents was also arrested for disorderly conduct after verbally assaulting police. The parent wasn't too excited about their kid being charged for attack by squirt-gun. Unfortunately, the parent dealt with the situation by yelling at and insulting the officers, reports CBS News.

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