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At least two kids have been hospitalized with severe burns, and an 8-year-old girl in Florida died due to complications from a boiling-water dare — and there’s a simmering moral panic about the You Tube dare “Hot Water Challenge” that is alleged to have encouraged them to do so.
But if you’re young and impressionable and getting most of your intel from You Tube videos, we’ll give you a pass here and gently remind you that pouring boiling water on your skin, or drinking it straight through a straw, is a terrible idea.
The Hot Water Challenge, however, doesn’t appear to be new, or really even very viral.
There are videos dating back several years with titles like “Hand in Boiling Water Challenge! ” and a few from earlier this year showing kids putting their hands under very hot tap water, but almost none with boiling water — and, significantly, none with more than a handful of views.
Four months ago, 8-year-old Ki’ari Pope was apparently dared to drink boiling water through a straw by her cousin, after they watched a video in which a You Tuber pretended to drink boiling water through a straw. In North Carolina, 10-year-old Wesley Smith spent several days in the hospital after suffering second- and third-degree burns while doing the challenge with his stepbrother, according to his mother.
His parents told WNCN he’ll need skin grafts to fully recover.
Merritt’s mother has blamed the incident on the Hot Water Challenge; Merritt’s cousin said that Merritt “and her friend got into an argument and she told her if she goes to sleep they were going to do something to her.” (The 12-year-old who poured the water allegedly tried to take her own life after burning her friend, Gothamist reports.
She has been charged with felony assault, NY1 reports.) The Hot Water Challenge may not exactly be sweeping the internet, but it seems to have affected enough kids to cause serious harm in isolated cases, and the recent spike in kids attempting the challenge is certainly cause for some concern, particularly if you’re a parent.
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