🤸TikTok dares are putting young lives at risk with dangerous challenges
A stunt being shared on viral video platform TikTok has caused serious injury among teenagers in the UK and US.
Sarah Platt, a teenage hockey player, seriously injured herself after her friends ‘peer pressured’ her into trying the ‘skull breaker’ challenge while at a hockey tournament. The once-viral trend involved two people kicking the legs from under a third, making them fall over.
Sarah broke her neck while attempting a challenge and has issued a stark warning to social media users as she still battles complications from her accident two years later.
TikTok said: "We do not allow content that encourages or replicates dangerous challenges that might lead to injury.
"In fact, it's a violation of our community guidelines, and we will continue to remove this type of content from our platform."
there was now text underneath #skullbreakerchallenge "reminding users to not imitate or encourage public participation in dangerous stunts and/or risky behaviour that could lead to serious injury or death".
"I'm sitting in an emergency room with my daughter with a severe spinal injury." UK Mother
Posted beneath the warning was a picture of her daughter taking part in the challenge alongside one of her in hospital in a neck brace.
In New Jersey, a 13-year-old boy from Camden had been admitted to hospital after the prank. Camden County Prosecutor's Office said two teens have been charged with third-degree aggravated assault and third-degree endangering an injured victim after an incident involving the prank.
The Red Cross is among those warning children not to copy the challenge