Middle school student hospitalized; another hurt after trying ‘blackout challenge’ at NJ school

1 month ago

South Orange news, New Jersey news.

Two middle school students were hurt in New Jersey after they engaged in a dangerous social media challenge involving holding your breath until you lose consciousness.

South Orange Middle School Principal Lynn Irby Hill said in a letter to parents that the two students needed medical assistance with one sent to the hospital after they tried the “blackout challenge” Tuesday.

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  • “These incidents were very scary and very avoidable. We will continue to warn our students about the dangers of the blackout challenge and most, if not all, challenges promoted on social media,” the principal wrote.

    School District Superintendent Dr. Kevin Gilbert expressed his delight that both children will have a full recovery.

    “The message to students is to be mindful. These challenges are serious and not safe,” he added.