Warn­ing: Skull breaker game can be deadly

Pretoria News - - METRO - RUDZANI MAT­SHILI rudzani.mat­[email protected]

THE widely con­demned Skull Breaker Chal­lenge has hit a school in the Moot area, north of Pre­to­ria.

Three pupils, wear­ing blue shirts and grey shorts, are seen par­tic­i­pat­ing in the chal­lenge in a video that has since gone vi­ral.

In the footage, they are stand­ing next to one an­other, jump­ing into the air then trip­ping the per­son in the mid­dle, who falls on his back as they laughed. Their school could not be reached for com­ment.

Over the past few days, videos have been do­ing the rounds show­ing one per­son jump­ing, to be tripped by two stand­ing on both sides; the will­ing vic­tim then falls flat on their back.

The chal­lenge first sur­faced on video-shar­ing so­cial net­work­ing ser­vice TikTok and seems to be a favourite among pupils.

Par­ents have been warned that the chal­lenge could lead to mas­sive head trauma and in­juries.

Dr Bianca Visser, an emer­gency medicine prac­ti­tioner at the emer­gency de­part­ment of Net­care Uni­tas Hos­pi­tal, told IOL web­site that par­ents should seek med­i­cal at­ten­tion if their child re­ceived a blow to the head.

“It is al­ways ad­vis­able to err on the side of cau­tion, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to head in­juries,” she said.

“It is vi­tal that a med­i­cal pro­fes­sional as­sesses the child to de­ter­mine whether there are no symp­toms of a con­cus­sion at all, a pos­si­ble con­cus­sion or some­thing even more se­ri­ous like a bro­ken bone in the skull, a bruised brain or a bleed in or around the brain,” Visser ad­vised.

“My ad­vice to par­ents is to con­tact your doc­tor and have a med­i­cal pro­fes­sional as­sess your child as soon as pos­si­ble, if you are at all con­cerned about a head in­jury that your child has sus­tained.

“It is also im­por­tant for par­ents to re­ceive in­for­ma­tion on how to fur­ther man­age a head in­jury such as a con­cus­sion at home, to pre­vent po­ten­tial long term con­se­quences,” she said. The Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment also alerted schools and par­ents to the trend, cau­tion­ing that they could end up with a sit­u­a­tion where chil­dren suf­fered se­vere brain dam­age, or even death.

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