BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Doctors are warning parents about another dangerous trend circulating among teens on the app TikTok.
It’s called the Skull Breaker Challenge: two people convince a third to jump in the air before kicking their legs out from under them. The challenge has been making the rounds on TikTok.READ MORE: Montgomery County Public Schools Adding Over 300 Electric Buses; Aim To Be All-Electric By 2025
While it may be done as a joke, the consequences are anything but.
Dr. Richard Lebow is an emergency room physician at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital.READ MORE: Southwest Airlines Adding Flights From BWI Airport To Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida
“The injuries can stem from a severe concussion, a skull fracture, a neck fracture… which could result in paralysis,” Lebow said. “Plenty of wrist fractures from trying to break your fall. Literally, if you bleed inside your brain, it could result in death.”
The Shenker family from New Jersey knows all about the potential dangers. The Skull Breaker Challenge sent their 13-year-old son to the hospital with a concussion.
They have warnings for other families out there.
“These are not funny jokes to pull. They could potentially put a kid in the hospital and kill someone.”MORE NEWS: Downtown Partnership BOOST Program Accepting Applications For Grants Of Up To $50K To Fill Empty Storefronts
On top of the dangers, doctors warn about legal ramifications.