WESTFIELD, NJ — The school district’s superintendent warned Tuesday of a dangerous challenge trending on social the social media platform TikTok and advised parents to speak with their children about it.
The ‘Skull Breaker Challenge’ involves two people tripping a third individual as he or she jumps in the air, causing that person in the middle to fall hard on the ground, Superintendent Margaret Dolan said in a message to parents.
“There have been news reports of several serious injuries in incidents across the country,” Dolan said. “Please talk to your child(ren) about this and other dangerous trends on social media and the Internet.”
District officials are unaware of any such incidents occurring in Westfield public schools, Mary Ann McGann, the district’s communications coordinator, said on Tuesday
The challenge has youths video the unsuspecting victim and then post that video to TikTok.
Last week, CBS New York reported that a 13-year-old boy in Cherry Hill suffered a concussion and then a seizure as a result of being duped by peers in the challenge.
The challenge calls for the victims to be fooled into thinking they’re learning a new dance and when they jump, two people on either side kick out their legs, the report said.
A spokesperson for TikTok told the TV station its community guidelines prohibit content that encourages or promotes the dangerous challenges and said any reported behavior that violates those guidelines is removed.