SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A father believes a web-based recreation referred to as the “Blue Whale Problem” induced his 15-yr-previous son to commit suicide.
Isaiah Gonzalez, 15, was discovered hanging in his bed room closet Saturday morning in his household’s house. Subsequent to his physique, the teenager’s cellphone was streaming his demise on social media.
In response to police, the “Blue Whale Problem” makes use of social media to dare teenagers to commit a collection of fifty more and more harmful acts. Mother and father stated that teenagers attain out to recreation directors referred to as “curators” via social media. These curators then lead the “gamers” by way of 50 days of challenges. The challenges vary from watching scary film clips, self mutilation and taking footage of themselves in harmful positions akin to on the sting of a roof. The ultimate problem is suicide.
Gonzalez’s household stated the teenager despatched footage of himself finishing a number of the dares to his buddies however they thought it was a joke.
Jorge Gonzalez, Isaiah’s father stated the those that inspired his son to carry out the dares threatened his household.
“They inform them, ‘For those who say something we will come to your house and we will kill your loved ones’,” he stated.
The web recreation reportedly began in Russia two years in the past and has been linked to quite a few teen suicides the world over. On Monday, a sixteen-yr-previous woman in Atlanta additionally took her personal life.
People are working to place an finish to the web problem and people who attempt looking the hashtag #bluewhalechallenge on Instagram will see a warning that gives assist to individuals who might hurt themselves.