Real Life ‘Purge’ Copycats Threaten Cities Across America


Recently a misguided teenager “pranked” Louisville, Kentucky with a grammatically challenged poster threatening residents with a real life “purge” event. The event, scheduled for Friday of last week was set to mimic the horror movie The Purge and its recent sequel, The Purge: Anarchy. Both movies depicted an annual night of mayhem and violence without repercussions against the perpetrators of any crimes. Although the teenager later said his motivations were just to have some “fun,” the prank went viral on social media sparking citizen fears of riots, looting and violent mayhem. Now, “purge” copycats have cropped up in cities across America making similar threats and authorities have no other option than to be on the alert even if they believe that the threats are copycat pranks that will not be carried out.

Social media is once again buzzing with “purge” threats and while most residents are of the mind that these threats are just a symptom of the social media culture that allows for the spread of rumors in a moment’s notice, still, people are afraid. The “what if?” factor is very high and there is no denying that current culture supports “flash mob” violence. There is also the sad fact that some people are indeed inspired by movies like The Purge and may have a difficult time separating reality and fantasy. This misguided perspective can be uninhibited by societal norms and lead to behavior which, if it catches on in a crowd, can provide the opportunity for mob mentality crime. It is this that has residents afraid, not that they truly believe that their neighbors are going to participate in some rampant night of violent anarchy.

In Pensacola, Florida there was a threat populating social media of a real life purge event for last night, which did not happen. Before the projected start time, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan stated that the department was aware of the “threat” and was investigating it. He also cautioned the media and residents to “exercise a mature and measured response” in how they reacted to the threats which could not be legitimately verified.

PurgeCurrently there are additional threats of real life purge events circulating in cities such as Phoenix, Atlanta and Detroit and in the states of California, Texas, and Colorado. In Knoxville, Tennessee, a real life purge event is supposed to take place on August 23. In Cincinnati, the event is scheduled for August 30. In Colorado, there is a list of cities making the social media rounds with a purge event planned for September 6. In Texas, the purge event is supposed to happen on the night of August 29, although many have joked on Twitter that this cannot be true as there will be football games that night and as football is sacred to all Texans, clearly that purge is a hoax.

The threats of a real life purge started with a violent horror flick followed by a thoughtless “prank’ by a teenager with a twisted sense of humor. Despite the current crop of copycat real life purge event threats, most authorities do not seem to be truly concerned about potential violence. Although the threats are being circulated on social media venues, many on social media are now using these threats to create humorous posts rather than taking them seriously. However, pranks or not, the fact remains that the copycat threats of a night of lawless violence continue to keep residents on edge and authorities have no choice but to increase their vigilance which requires the investment of public safety resources.

Opinion by Alana Marie Burke


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25 Responses to "Real Life ‘Purge’ Copycats Threaten Cities Across America"

  1. AlaskanHuntingirl   February 15, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    okay this is a hoax i don’t think this will happen but if it does and i get caught in the middle of this i know where I’m gonna go after death <3,people in this horrible world NEED CHRIST /GOD!! this is from a movie its a disgusting movie and cheesy movie worst ever' stop making these movies because stupid morons who have no brains want to copy cat every script…. UGHH jesus help these people <3 -.- don't make any rude comments back to me -_-

  2. Dav D   September 6, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    I don’t know what is the purge can u tell me plz contact me on my number +919855555652 plz

  3. Amy   June 20, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    im gonna kill them with my gun

  4. amy   June 20, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    I want a purge in dallas north Carolina

  5. Ily boo   March 16, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I think the purge is not called for because u have to think yes some people do not have shelter and homes and food but if you kill those people you are killing innocent people that have done no harm to you!! The purge should not be allowed and is absolutes ridiculous

  6. kevinkelley   January 23, 2015 at 5:56 am

    i want a california purge in real life

  7. Lily   September 3, 2014 at 6:32 pm


  8. Misfit   August 27, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Please tell me that you all really do not believe this crap. While I think many of the comments are crazy, I can not help but laugh as it is hilarious at the same time. I think many people did miss the deeper meaning or plot of the movie. Also, what makes a person feel invincible just because they have a gun (equally as funny). Media truly has you all by the puppet strings. Get A clue

    • Jake   October 6, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      It didn’t happend just a threat to scare people its gonna be talked about for along time just a little threat

  9. sue   August 27, 2014 at 5:21 am

    i don’t see one god damn area that says the kid was black.. please show me! and please don’t use the term “you people” because it puts all of us into one category and a lot of us (especially me) are wishing they would shut the hell up too!

  10. 01daniel10   August 26, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Misguided psh i think this is an amazing prank. The prank is all about the reaction and damn did he get one

  11. maryem   August 24, 2014 at 9:50 am

    so is it going to be real or nah

  12. Resistance breeds revolution   August 23, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Another trend by blacks just like the “Knock out game” and “Flash mobs”. When will you people learn to be civilized, for f*ck sakes? White people have done enough for you. When will you change? Racism is alive because you feed it more than anyone on this planet. You are your own enemy. Wake up!

    • Jared Johnson   August 23, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      As a black man, I agree with this. It infuriates me that blacks, mind you, in the ghettos still blame everything on the “White man”. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and other so-called Civil Rights Leaders are enemies of law abiding black people and all Americans from all walks of life!

      • Misfit   August 27, 2014 at 8:11 am

        You May be an idiot, but you are not black. If you were black, you either would have comprehended ‘INBREEDS’ comment differently or you can not read well at all which you fall into the other stereotype of blacks not being able to read or comprehend what they read. More than likely just another Pig Skinned Troll.

  13. Herbert West   August 23, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    All I have to say is fu@king bring it. There are millions of law-abiding and armed American citizens who are ready to purge you miscreants from society.

  14. American patriot   August 23, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Bring on “The Purge”. My M4 mounted with an M26 is fully loaded. Any non-local causing havoc will have a bullet to the head.

  15. Ginger   August 22, 2014 at 7:53 am

    America is seeing this ALL OVER, and a studio already showed what is going to happen, if you attempt this…you will DIE. If the police don’t arrest you before you attack someone, or break into someone’s house… the person you attempt to hurt will kill you. This “prank” has went to far, the teens behind this have just really pushed it to the limit. Hope they all get arrested for being idiots. 85 people that “Pranked” people with masks were shot For just walking up to people and with or without weapons going “boo” ….HEADS UP for the people who thought this was a good idea.

  16. Mr. Heisenberg   August 21, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    People come near my house they will be shot directly in their mouth.

  17. Billie   August 21, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    I’m ready for this messed up purge stuff! It may just be a prank, yet again, but you never know! Better safe then sorry. I bet criminals would jump with joy if The Purge actually happened.

  18. Lexi   August 21, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Its happening in canada too.-.

  19. Eric   August 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Bring it on! I am prepared.

  20. mikey   August 21, 2014 at 3:28 am

    omfg this if this actually does happen all of america will go into lockdown and all government agencys will be distracted from terrorist attacks

  21. BOB   August 20, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    now the claims are saying in auburn al wtf is wrong with america seriously


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