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Chicago teen posts image of toy gun on social media - you already know what happens next

A Chicago teen was arrested after he posted a photo of himself posing with an airsoft toy gun on his social media account. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

A teenager posted an image of an airsoft toy gun on his social media account, and the police responded by arresting him.

"Black air-soft replica weapon"

In a press release by the Park Ridge Police Department, they indicate that they received phone calls on Tuesday evening from concerned parents who had seen a post on social media with a teen posing with what looked like a gun.

The teen was Mustafa Obaid, an eighteen-year-old who allegedly posted a photo of himself with the airsoft toy gun.

Police were dispatched to the teen's home, where they say they discovered a "black air-soft replica weapon" in his vehicle.

Airsoft guns fire plastic projectiles, which can cause damage if aimed at a person's eyes, but otherwise they are harmless.

Obaid was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct for posting a photo of the toy gun to SnapChat.

Police applauded the "swift success" they had in arresting the 18-year-old.

"The swift success in locating and arresting Obaid is due to the timely information provided by numerous concerned teens and adults, as well as the cooperation between the Park Ridge Police Department and the Cook County Sheriff’s Police."

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