Parents urged to warn children not to try viral ‘Skullbreaker Challenge’

Marje Pelayo   •   February 17, 2020   •   1970

A new but dangerous video challenge is going viral on social media but has caught serious concern from netizens, especially parents.

The challenge dubbed as “Tripping Jump Challenge” or “Skullbreaker Challenge” first made popular on mobile video community Tik Tok.

By the name itself, the challenge will literally break someone’s head because it involves tricking someone into jumping in the air for filming.

While airborne, the two persons standing on either side would kick out the middle person’s legs making him or her fall to the ground.

The challenge is believed to have originated from South America.

A video of the challenge, which made popular in schools, was first posted on Youtube on February 4 captioned in Spanish warning viewers of possible head or skull fractures and other injuries.

In a Facebook post, Valerie Hudson from Arizona shares images of his injured son who was pranked by his friends.

She wrote: “I really contemplated posting this, but I feel there needs to be aware of this malicious cruel viral prank. On Wednesday my son was asked to do a jumping contest with his 2 ‘friends’ when he jumped up, the 2 boys kicked him, as hard as they could, so his legs flew out in front of him. He landed hard flat on his back and head, as he struggled to get up he lost consciousness, he fell forward landing on his face. The school monitor ran to his side, all the while the 2 boys were snickering and laughing as his stiff unconscious body lay on the asphalt. Fast forward at the hospital, he has a head injury, stitches in his face, severe cuts inside his mouth and 2 front teeth I have to keep on eye on. This apparently is a Tik Tok viral prank being filmed and gaining likes on social media. This is not okay, and honestly, if your kid believes this is just for fun, you have failed at being a parent.”

Though the challenge has become more popular in Europe, netizens on Twitter expressed outraged over the result of the challenge.

Netizen @SimmiAhuja_ posted a video of which the middle person was left unconscious after doing the challenge. She wrote: “Warning: Skullbreaker Challenge is trending I urge you all to show your children and parents and teach them this is really dangerous. It can break the skull and can cause some serious problems.”

It was unclear on the video if the victim was still alive as he passed out after hitting his head on the floor.

@adeelkau also tweeted another video and appealed that the challenge must be stopped.

According to the UK’s The Sun, Spanish police have warned against the danger of the challenge.

In Thailand, police have warned pranksters of 10-years imprisonment and a fine of up to 200,000 baht under the country’s Criminal Code if proven guilty of causing harm.

The Gulf News, in its article, published a response from Tik Tok who said: “The safety and well-being of our users is a top priority at TikTok. As we make clear in our Community Guidelines, we do not allow content that encourages, promotes or glorifies dangerous challenges that might lead to injury. We will remove any such reported content.”

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