WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Nyla Anderson, 10, passed away after trying the dangerous “Blackout Challenge.”
- The challenge dares participants to hold their breath until they “black out” from a lack of oxygen.
- When Nyla was found unconscious in her room, she was rushed to the hospital but did not survive.
The dangerous social media dare called the “Blackout Challenge” has claimed another young life. Nyla Anderson, a 10-year-old girl from Pennsylvania, passed away after attempting the challenge.
Nyla was unconscious when she was found in her room on Dec. 12. She was rushed to the Nemours Children’s Hospital but she did not survive.
Her mom, Tawainna Anderson, described Nyla as “a butterfly.”
“She was everything. She was a happy child,” she told WPVI. “I’m so hurt. This is a pain that won’t go away.”
Nyla reportedly tried out the “Blackout Challenge,” also called the “Choking Challenge” or “Pass-out Challenge,” which dares participants to hold their breath until they black out from the lack of oxygen.
The Centers for Disease Control said that the challenge’s origins can be traced to as far back as 2008, which predates most modern-day social networking platforms. At the time, 82 young lives were claimed by the dangerous dare.
Now, the fatal challenge is making the rounds in social media again, claiming the lives of at least three other children this year: Joshua Haileyesus, 12, and Robert Craig, 10, and LaTerius Smith Jr., 9.
“You wouldn’t think 10-year-olds would try this,” Tawainna warned parents, then added, “They’re trying because they’re kids and they don’t know better.”
The GoFundMe page set up for Nyla’s funeral expenses has since raised about $1,000 as of Wednesday night.
While Tawainna did not publicly name TikTok as the social media platform where Nyla encountered the challenge, the company has delivered its statement.
A TikTok spokesperson said, “This disturbing ‘challenge,’ which people seem to learn about from sources other than TikTok, long predates our platform and has never been a TikTok trend. We remain vigilant in our commitment to user safety and would immediately remove related content if found.”
“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family for their tragic loss,” they added.
Tawainna hopes that Nyla’s tragic story enlightens other parents to remain vigilant with regard to monitoring their children’s social media activities.
Tawainna advised parents, “Make sure you check your kids’ phones. You never know what you might find on their phones.”