EA new viral online trend called the “Skull Breaker Challenge” is so dangerous that medical experts are warning teens to resist the urge.
The challenge originated in Spain after two students recorded themselves on TikTok performing the stunt.
It involves three participants standing next to each in a row before jumping straight up. While the middle person is in the air, however, the other two individuals on each end kick inward to knock the middle person off balance and subsequently hit his or her head when they fall on their back on the ground.
Since the original video went viral, other daring teens have replicated the risky act.
But doctors and parents are now sounding the alarm on the “Skull Breaker Challenge” for obvious reasons.
Arizona mother Valerie Hodson took to Facebook on Feb. 8 to share harrowing images of her son, who was a victim of the “malicious cruel viral prank.” Hodson said her son was left with a head injury, stitches in his face and severe cuts in his mouth.
“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 mom explained. “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.”
“I really contemplated posting this, but I feel there needs to be awareness,” she added.
Days later, a mother in Alabama posted a similar warning to the Facebook community. Teri Wimmer Smith said her son, Parker, suffered two broken bones in his wrist and would have surgery after he, too, was pranked.
“Parents teach your kids that this crap is dangerous,” Smith wrote.
Dr. Nathan Richards, a physician who specializes in internal medicine and pediatrics at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, said the challenge is potentially fatal.
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