ONE student has sustained a broken arm after a new internet challenge has become popular in school in Trinidad and Tobago.
Called “Trip/ Jump Challenge” or the “Skull-breaker Challenge,” it involves three individuals in a line who attempt to jump but the unsuspecting middle person is tripped.
According to a release from the Ministry of Education, “Involvement in this activity does not only have serious repercussions on the physical health of someone who is tripped, but as has happened in the United States of America, parents of injured children have sought legal redress.”
The Ministry has advised parents and teachers to quell any attempts to this activity by educating the children, including using online resources for supporting material.
It stated, “We have, and continue to encourage students to play and spend time away from screens. However, whenever those games become injurious to another person or can potentially seriously do harm, it is no longer a game that should be played.
“I am of the firm belief that our youth are wise enough to know that this is one challenge in which there should be no consideration of participation,” said Education Minister Anthony Garcia, after he viewed a video shared via social media
The release stated, “Ministry officials will be in contact with the family of the injured student and Student Support Division will be making an interventions across schools to caution students on the many dangers of many of these internet challenges that have been gaining popularity.”