'BLUE WHALE' CASE STOPPED
By Samantha Kett A SCHOOLGIRL in Gandia has been ' saved' from completing the notorious 'Blue Whale Challenge' after one of her friends told the National Police.
The foolhardy, but viral 'Blue Whale' started in Russia and has extended worldwide via social media and involves 50 challenges to be undertaken over 50 days.
It starts with the simple task of drawing a whale on a piece of paper, then by around the middle of the seven weeks, participants have to carve a whale into their arm – each stage of which has to be videoed and uploaded onto the internet.
Those who join in are assigned a ' mentor' who will egg them on and shame them publicly if they do not complete the challenges.
Task 50 involves committing suicide, and the Gandia teen had already planned to jump off the top of a building.
Police were alerted by the young woman's school after a close female friend told her teachers.
The girl had become in- volved via Instagram and through a Gandia-based WhatsApp group of some 80 teens, and received a call from a 'mentor' aged ' approximately 18 to 20', officers said.
She wrote down the 50 tasks on paper so her friends and family would not trace them.
The teen had already got through the tasks of carving 'F57' onto her arm, which she did with the blade of a pencilsharpener, and watching violent and scary films in the early hours of the morning.
Her friend, who had become suspicious, found the list in the girl's rucksack and told her teachers, who contacted the police, social services and the youngster's parents.
They all had a long chat with her, and the case has been logged with the youth prosecution service, which exists for child protection, not just prosecution.
Back in September, rumours went around that a teenage boy from Gandia had reached task 50 and killed himself, but National Police say this was 'fake news'.