The parents of a San Antonio, Texas teen who livestreamed his suicide this weekend say he killed himself as part of a deadly internet craze.
According to dailymail.co.uk:
Jorge Gonzalez walked into his son Isaiah’s room Saturday morning, and found him hanging dead inside his closet. Nearby, the 15-year-old’s cellphone was propped up, livestreaming the event.
Now, Gonzales and his wife Angela believe that their son killed himself as part of the ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ – a game that involves victims completing increasingly dangerous tasks.
Mr Gonzales says he read a report about the challenge recently and asked his kids if they knew about it.
‘It talks about satanic stuff and stuff like that and my son was never into that,’ Mr Gonzales told News 4 San Antonio.
Isaiah told his father that he had heard of it, but would never participate.
In the wake of his death however, they found that he had been sending pictures of him completing Blue Whale tasks to his friends, telling them that the final task would be suicide.
‘They blew it off like it was a joke and if one of them would have said something, one of them would have called us, he would have been alive,’ Isaiah’s sister, Scarlett Cantu-Gonzales, told KSAT.
The family is now speaking out in order to raise awareness of the deadly game.
‘I want [parents] to go through their phones, look at their social media,’ Mr Gonzales said. ‘If they’re on that challenge already, they can catch that from happening.’
According to reports on the challenge, victims seek out so-called curators on social media, who then give them daily dares to complete over a 50-day period.
The dares can range from the rather inocuous, such as watching a scary movie in the middle of the night, to extremely dangerous, like drinking bleach.
In order to get the next challenge, victims must film themselves completing their current dare.
The challenge reportedly ends with a dare for suicide.
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