A dangerous and potentially lethal trend that people are calling the "skull breaker challenge" is going viral on TikTok. On Monday, the skull breaker challenge injured yet another Canadian teen. Now, parents are warning each other and school boards about the dangerous trend.
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Also known as the "jump trip prank," the scary challenge involves tricking someone into jumping in the air for a video. While airborne, the victim's legs are swept out from under them, causing them to fall back onto their head.
On Monday, February 10, teens approached a younger student in Calgary to ask for his help in filming a TikTok video, reported CityNews 1130.
According to Nick Blakeney, the father and a camera operator for CityNews, "They approached him with the idea that they had this really cool video for TikTok that could make you float," he said.
"In my son’s case, he ended up landing on his back hard, knocking the wind out of him.”
The teen emerged with light injuries, but it could have been much worse. According to the U.S. Sun, the viral prank has sent at least one person to the Intensive Care Unit already.
In a statement sent to Narcity, TikTok said that the "safety and well-being" of their users is their top priority.
"We do not allow content that encourages, promotes, or glorifies dangerous challenges that might lead to injury," they stated. "We will remove any such reported content."
Another teen in Cambridge, Ontario, also fell victim to the prank, falling backwards onto hard concrete. "She hit her hip real hard," her mom told CTV News.
The teen also suffered a bruised elbow and a sore shoulder.
The Calgary Board of Education told Narcity that these incidents are being taken extremely seriously.
They explained that their students are expected to contribute to a "welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment."
"We respond to student behaviour with progressive student discipline that focuses on support and corrective actions while providing learning opportunities to improve behaviour," their statement concluded.
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This challenge is the latest in a line of dangerous online trends. The recent TikTok "Penny Challenge" was accused of posing electrical and fire hazards.
And let's not forget the infamous "Tide Pod Challenge," where some teens filmed themselves eating toxic laundry detergent pods.
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As it stands now, local parents are speaking out against the dangerous trend, and awareness is spreading quickly.
Hopefully, this dangerous viral challenge will become old news before somebody is seriously hurt.
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