Charleston Police Warn Parents About Deadly ‘Blue Whale Challenge’
CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — Officials with the Charleston Police Department are warning parents about an extremely dangerous social media game. It’s called the Blue Whale Challenge and it has teens taking on several strange and self-harming tasks before taking their own lives.
Those participating in the 50-day social media challenge are assigned an administrator who provides them with daily challenges. And while they start off seemingly harmless, like watching horror movies or waking up at various unusual hours, the game slowly escalates to more dangerous tasks.
Participants can be instructed to jump from high-rise buildings, distance themselves from friends and family and even commit acts of self-mutilation.
In an example given by Charleston police, participants are instructed to get a knife and cut the shape of a whale on their wrist or leg.
Police say the whale is a symbol of a suicidal social media movement and that it is believed to associate with the act carried out by blue whales who beach themselves on purpose, causing their own death.
Alternatively, the game can be identified under several names like ‘A Quiet/Silent House,” “A Sea/A Bunch of Whales,” and “Wake Me Up 4.20 AM.”
Charleston police are urging parents and guardians to speak with their children regarding this game. They say you should look for the signs of the games on cellphones because my playing the game will save photos on their device and use social media apps like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to play.