Schools across the U.S. have issued a warning to parents about a suicide game called "The Blue Whale Challenge." The potentially deadly game encourages teens to harm themselves for 50 days and on the final day - commit suicide. No suicides have been definitely linked to the game yet.
The game pushes young people to kill themselves by setting a number of challenges designed to harm and disorient them. These challenges include waking up at odd hours of the night, walking long distances, self-harming, watching horror movies, and encouraging them to end their own lives.
Allegedly, there was an app that students downloaded to play the game but now information suggests that the game was played on numerous social networks using a series of hashtags.
A gruesome list of tasks has made its way around social media.
In May of 2016, Russian website Novaya Gazeta reported that some of the 130 child and teen suicides reported in the country during a six-month span were linked to an online game community on VK.com.
The website concluded that at least eighty of the suicides were due to the kids' involvement in the suicide-enticing game. After the article came out, numerous tabloids also reported on it.
However, an investigation done by Radio Free Europe found that no suicides had been definitively linked to the game.
Philipp Budeikin, the 21-year-old Russian inventor of the app called Blue Whale, is being held on charges of inciting at least 16 young women to kill themselves via his app, reports Metro.
Budeikin has claimed that he believes the victims of his game to be subhuman and that by encouraging them to take the challenge, he was cleansing humanity. Budeikin is currently being held in in the Kresty jail in St. Petersburg, and instead of receiving hate mail, is currently receiving love letters from dozens of young women.
People have spread warnings against the game on social media.
Schools across the U.S are issuing warnings to parents about the deadly game.
Instagram put up a disclaimer to push people away from using #bluewhalechallenge.