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The Fire Challenge {Video}

Or should I say The How Dumb Are You challenge because 1) this is dumb AF and 2) it’s gotta be a competition on who is more ignorant, foolish, and dumb out of your peers.  That’s what it’s gotta be.

Check this out.

 

The following (obviously) isn’t about the boy in the above video…

A 15-year-old boy has died after participating in a game that is circulating on the popular social network FaceBook. James Shores was burned to death after his entire body was engulfed in flames.

The #FireChallenge involves covering your body with an accelerant and setting yourself on fire. One’s friends will then video the act and share it on the internet. The imbecilic act is supposed to elicit laughter as onlookers and internet viewers watch the reaction from the party who is on fire.

Shores doused himself with alcohol and was set ablaze by his friends. Those who participate in this “game,” usually do so inside of the shower in case the fire spreads. In Shores case, he was not near the shower or any other water source. His friends battled unsuccessfully to put the fire out, and he later died from his injuries. {source}

Um. Yeah. Setting yourself on fire WITH. AN. ACCELERANT. can lead to death. But. Y’all got it.

About the above video…..Y’all…his damn mama was there recording.

Sometimes I feel as if there’s just no hope for these kids, for real.  And I look back at my youth, and I’m sure there are things we did that made them think we were destined to fail….but this?  Maybe I just wasn’t around the kids who were doing things like this but I don’t think I ever heard of it happening.

I also saw a video of some teens playing “The Pass Out Game.”  PURPOSELY restricting the flow of oxygen to their brains. For fun. Passing out. For fun. Look at this:

 

What is wrong with y’all?

They demonstrate how to hyperventilate or asphyxiate yourself — or someone else — to achieve a euphoric high.

The videos might not be anything new — they also pop up as “blackout,” “space monkey,” “flatliner” or “suffocation roulette” — but over the last few months, they seem to be gaining more popularity.

And as more and more kids are gambling and cheating death, parents are expressing concern.

“These children don’t know what they’re doing, and you have those children who are disconnected from their parents and adult figures, so they’re really adapting to social media,” said parent Tyrica Moore. “And they think that is fun, and it’s a game and other children are trying it.”

In the pass-out game, children are depriving themselves of oxygen until they lose consciousness and either fall into their friends’ arms or fall to the floor, which can produce a woozy, sometimes euphoric high.

But that high comes with dangerous health risks, according to Dr. Matthew Locklair, a pediatric emergency medicine physician at the Wolfson Children’s ER at Baptist Clay

“You can actually affect their heart primarily,” Locklair said. “If you hit it at the right time or during a different part of the cardiac cycle, you can actually stop the heart altogether and go into cardiac arrest.”

In some of the videos, people are pushing on the children’s chest, which can cause other problems. It can stimulate the vagal nerve, which can cause your blood pressure and heart rate to drop and decrease the oxygen in your brain even more.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 82 people under the age of 18 died after experimenting with the pass-out game from 1995-2007. {source}

Again, what’s wrong with y’all?  THIS is the chance you’re taking…for a GAME? THIS is how you’re willing to die?

Ok.

If you’re a parent with a child in middle/high school (maybe even elementary, I guess!), I suggest you have a conversation with them about these things.  It’s not a joke.  It’s not a game.  It’s literally life or death.