Being young at this age has a lot of advantage. The age of the internet has all the information in your fingertip and are one click away. You can connect to your friends and family in the matter of second. However, there is a dark side to this luxury. And, this 11- year old boy was a victim of this luxury.
The trend of pranking your friend and going viral is becoming more common than ever. Any child with a gadget in his hand is using their friend in the hope of viral content. Some can be harmless and raise some laugh while others could take a dangerous turn.
We all are very familiar with the ice bucket challenge, which arose to promote awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). But now, millennials are pushing another challenge which is exactly opposite to the good cause. It’s called: ‘Hot water challenge.’ The challenge involves surprising you’re a group by pouring hot boiling water. The victims obviously were left with severe injuries on their body.
You can still find a lot of youtube clips of adults and teenagers pouring boiling water on the skin and even drink it.
Last week, 11-year-old Billy Oliver, became a victim of this challenge after his friends burn him by pouring boiling water at a sleepover. According to WYMT, Kentucky boy suffered from second and third-degree burns. He now is admitted to Cincinnati Burn Center undergoing treatment of the injury.
Kentucky Children’s Hospital pediatrician, Dr. Susan Pollack, said:
”When I first heard about it, I was amazed. I mean, I am familiar with various things that people do that aren’t very wise. To burn someone is to inflict such incredible pain and suffering on them, and I don’t think that is the intent.”
Billy was having a sleepover at his friend’s house. He went to bed early that day. And that is when the attack happened.
”On a one, well on a zero to ten scale how bad it hurt, it was a ten,” Billy told WYMT.
Billy’s sister, after hearing the incident, shared this scary picture on her facebook.
”This is no joke if you are a parent please talk to your kids about this challenge my brother is in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital because of this and has to have surgery this challenge is not a game it’s dangerous,”
The mother of Billy’s friend, Angela Guth, didn’t take Billy to the hospital after the incident. She now faces charges of first-degree wanton endangerment and second-degree criminal abuse.
This is a very dangerous trend which can cost someone’s life. So, parents do watch out if your kids are following this act. And also warn them about the danger.