Calls for stricter social media regulations arise as TikTok challenges claim another life of a 14-year-old through its aerosol challenge.
Lately, TikTok challenges are becoming infamous. Firstly, people ridicule them for their lack of purpose and creativity, as they serve to be just time-consuming for the young teenagers who participate in them. Another reason is much more serious, where these challenges are also posing serious injuries and have even resulted in deaths.
On Monday night, a 14-year-old girl from Australia passed away after doing the aerosol challenge. This challenge involved spraying aerosol on a piece of clothing and then wrapping it around your face. After participating in this challenge, the young girl collapsed and lost consciousness.
After a while, she woke up and recalled the incident to her mother. On her way to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, the girl fainted again and was placed in an induced coma. The challenge is also known as ‘chroming’ and has taken away the life of this young girl leaving her family tragically heartbroken and shocked.
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A close source of the girl’s family reported “The parents are just heartbroken. They’re in total shock. They don’t know which way is up. ‘She was a very popular girl. She was just full of life, always laughing away. It’s just a tragedy here.
‘All her friends in school are in tears, the whole school is. I don’t know what else to say. I’ve known the family for years. They are a wonderful bunch of people and now this has happened. It’s cruel. That’s the only word I can think of. It’s just cruel altogether.’
This tragedy has also left the girl’s schoolmates in utter shock. The principal has assured the authorities that all children in the school will be provided counseling and psychological support. She further added, “The community in the area is ‘united in grief’. Such incidents are a serious indicator of the dangers TikTok poses to the young generation and call for stricter social media regulation so that these events can be stopped from happening.