Press release from the Eureka Police Department:

On Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at approximately 7:45PM, Officers with the Eureka Police Department were dispatched to the 3000 block of M Street on a report of 3 juvenile males having kicked and pounded on the front door of a residence, then ran away. Officers responded to the vicinity but were unable to locate juveniles. Surveillance footage was provided to the officers and forwarded to the School Resource Officer (SRO). On April 3, 2024, the juveniles were identified and contacted by the SRO and reprimanded for their actions. The SRO then contacted the parents of the juveniles and made them aware of their children’s disturbing behavior.

The Eureka Police Department became aware of a dangerous, viral social-media TikTok trend called “The Door Kick Challenge.” The prank encourages people to pound and kick on a door to a residence so it sounds like a home invasion. We believe this is what occurred during this incident.

The Eureka Police Department wants to bring this to the attention of the community and to let you know if this happens to you, please report it immediately. This behavior will not be tolerated. This trend is not only dangerous to those performing the challenge, it is also disturbing for our residents. This type of activity could potentially lead to criminal charges against the perpetrators.

Officers and neighbors said they’re worried about how people might react when they’re caught off guard in their own homes and believe someone might be attempting to break in and they feel the need to protect themselves. Police encourage parents to talk with their kids about this challenge and warn them of how dangerous it can be.

“This is a foolish and dangerous ‘Challenge’ for the youth of our community that could have severe consequences and potentially lead to someone getting injured or killed. It is not ‘funny’ and will not be tolerated in our community. I implore our youth to make better decisions, think about the impacts of your actions, and respect the quality of life of our community members. I also ask for the parents in our community to discuss the potential life altering impacts this could have for you and your children should something horrible occur. This isn’t like the old time Ding-Doing-Ditch prank, this prank may get you killed.” ~Chief Stephens