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The RCMP says that a group of teenagers that ambushed men they believed to be child predators were playing a dangerous game.
Following the premise of NBC's "To Catch a Predator," three teenage boys from Chilliwack, B.C., lured a series of men to public places in the Fraser Valley and videotaped the meetings.
Each of the men targeted were tricked into believing that a 15-year-old girl would be waiting for them. Instead, the men were greeted by teenage boys in superhero costumes who confronted them about their intentions.
in one incident, a teenage boy dressed up as Batman asked a man in a park if he was "here for the underage girl."
In another, Batman and The Flash follow a man through a fast-food restaurant, telling the other patrons that he is both "a pedophile" and a "sex offender."
The teenagers videotaped each confrontation and published them on YouTube.
They called their project "To Troll a Predator."
When police learned of what the teenagers had been up to, they immediately pointed out the inherent danger of their actions.
RCMP Cpl. Matt Van Laer said the teenagers had no way of predicting how their targets would react, including how willing potential predators might be to target real victims -- not just the fake ones they were supposed to be meeting with.
"If they (predators) go to the wrong park, or if they go to the wrong meeting zone, and/or they are in a state of arousal of some sort, they might decide to act on another child, completely unrelated," he told CTV British Columbia.
The teenagers have since pulled their videos off the Internet and apologized for their actions.
While police have not identified any of the men they targeted, they are not expecting to lay any charges against the teenagers at this point.
"They're good kids, they have told our investigators that they have made a mistake," RCMP Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth told CTV British Columbia.