SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – In an email sent Feb. 25, school officials warned South Plainfield parents and guardians about the dangers of the ‘Skull Breaker Challenge,’ a viral fad trending on social media apps such as TikTok. 

“[The] Skull Breaker Challenge involves two students who stand on either side of a third. The two students pretend to jump in the air but, instead, sweep the legs out from under the person standing in the middle, causing them to crash to the ground,” said Superintendent Dr. Noreen Lishak in her Feb. 25 email. 

The term ‘skull breaker’ typically implies a bad ending and, throughout the country, there have been reports of serious injuries, including concussions and broken backs, as well as a handful of deaths as a result of the ‘challenge.’ To date, no such incidents or behaviors have reported in borough schools.

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“We have been fortunate that no incidents or behavior such as this have occurred in the South Plainfield School District, but I felt it was important to inform parents and guardians of this danger,” said Lishak in her email, adding that 'behaviors of this nature will not be tolerated.'

“I encourage you to speak with your children about the life threatening injuries that could be sustained by participating in this challenge,” she said, adding, “Also, please note that students who participate in harmful behavior to others while in school will receive disciplinary consequences…As always the health and safety of our students in the South Plainfield School District is our first priority.”