Name: Dr. Brandon
Rank: Junior Researcher
Clearance Level: 2
List of Personnel involved in testing: | 1 Executive Researcher | 2 Junior Researchers | 1 Security Officer |
Level D personnel involved: 3
Errors and/or safety hazards: Failed thorough inspection & strip of all D-Class before testing. 2 D-Class were seen holding blunt weapons (One holding an aluminum baseball bat and the other a plumber's wrench), attacking SCP-173. Luckily, SCP-173 sustained minimal damage, with bits of concrete & chipped paint on the floor.
Question: Would the viewing of SCP-173 using a third-party visual aid inhibit its ability to move?
Background Research: Unbroken direct eyesight of SCP-173 results in its inability to move. However, once direct eyesight is broken, SCP-173's movements become rampant. It is recommended that at least 3 people should keep direct eye contact with SCP-173 in the event of contact.
Hypothesis: If the D-Class looked through a camcorder and uses it to maintain eye contact with SCP-173, then SCP-173 should not move.
Observation/Visual Stimuli(Photos/videos): All 3 D-Class were instructed to hold a camcorder to their eye and to close the other. They were to view SCP-173 at all times for 5 minutes. After inserting the D-Class into 173's containment chamber, they began to encircle it wielding blunt weapons. They start to beat 173 for 5-10 seconds before stopping. "Locker-room talk" ensued for around a minute before they began to talk inappropriately to SCP-173.
[Video & Audio Log of Experiment via Security Footage]
(20:06:39) D-2397: Keep looking at it -- You're gonna get us killed.
(20:06:43) D-1273: OHH [DATA EXPUNGED]! RUNNN!
SCP-173 begins chasing D-2397 & D-1273 around the containment chamber, with D-3478 avoiding confrontation and maintaining eye contact. D-2397 & D-1273 continue to cry for help before getting their neck snapped by 173.*
(20:07:01) D-3478: LET ME OUT!
The containment doors are opened and D-3478 is removed from the test.
The remaining D-Class was given a Class-B amnestic and returned to D-Block via Security escort.
Analysis and Conclusion: The camcorder acted as an extension of the human eye, with direct eye contact preventing SCP-173 's ability to rapidly move. The breaking of eye-contact with SCP-173, however, still resulted in it moving. We now understand that the use of visual aids can be used to disable SCP-173 ability to move, as long as the eye was focused on 173.
Do your results align with your hypothesis?: Yes.