A teenager who crushed his left eye socket while taking part in the ‘duct tape’ challenge is lucky to be alive his mother has claimed.
Skylar Fish, 14, was taking part in the latest viral sensation sweeping the web with friends when tragedy struck, the Mirror report.
The challenge has been spreading around the world through social media, and sees ‘competitors’ wrapped in duct tape, often while tied to a chair. They are then timed to see how quickly they can break themselves free.
However, when Skylar, from Washington, took part he unfortunately fell into a window and crushed his left eye socket.
His friends called the emergency services and he was rushed to hospital.
Sarah Fish, the teenager’s mum, said:
It crushed his whole eye socket and pinched off nerves in his eye. [Teens are] just looking at what’s fun, what’s cool, what’s going to impress their friends. I can break out of this duct tape. I’m the strongest. I’m the best…They’re not thinking, ‘What if I fall and hit my head?’
Since images of Skylar’s injuries emerged, social media users are turning against the duct tape challenge.
Hey teens of the internet I have a new challenge for you to try. It's called stop trying stupid ass challenges. #DuctTapeChallenge
— Eric Janvier (@ClassicJanvier) January 27, 2016
— Matt Woodard (@MatthewPWoodard) January 26, 2016
Wtf is this #DuctTapeChallenge ? Who keeps coming up with all these dumb challenges? Grow tf up already smdh
— Mere. (@winespiller) January 27, 2016
Skylar is still suffering from a bleed on his brain, and it’s feared that his injuries will mean he has to relearn basic, everyday tasks.
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