We did a lot of stupid sh*t growing up. But none of it quite compares to the dumb arse and deadly challenges circulating social media these days, including the new “skull breaking” TikTok challenge.
With a name like “skull breaking”, you know it’s not going to end well. And it’s already making headlines for causing serious injuries and even death.
What is the skull breaking TikTok challenge?
Essentially the challenge involves two people tricking a third person into jumping into the air and then kicking their feet out from under them. Also known as the Trip Jump Challenge, the person being tripped has a very good chance of landing on his skull.
Kids have been knocked unconscious and there have been reports of two deaths abroad.
What does TikTok have to do with it?
TikTok is a social media platform, similar to YouTube but it focuses on short user-uploaded video content only.
Kids these days love TikTok. It basically provides them with a place to watch video after video or share their videos to millions of TikTok users, all free of course.
So not only are kids doing this, but they are also recording it to upload onto TikTok. Why? For sh*ts and giggles, oh, and likes and heart emojis, I’d imagine.
‘Malicious cruel viral prank’
A mum in the UK recently posted pictures of her son in hospital after being the victim of the “skull breaking” challenge.
Valerie Hodson’s 12-year-old son Aiden was knocked unconscious while the two boys doing the challenge snickered and laughed. Aiden suffered from a head injury, stitches and severe cuts.
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