A 13-year-old student from Chico Junior High in California is fighting for his life after participating in the “Eraser Challenge,” a game that has become popular with teenagers across the US.
The game is a dare in which students take an eraser and rub it back and forth across their arm while reciting the alphabet and coming up with a word for each letter. Once they reach the letter Z they stop and compare their burns with their friend’s eraser burns.
The teenager had played the eraser challenge at school last Tuesday and is now fighting for his life at Sutter Women's and Children Center in Sacramento.
According to a one of the student's relatives, he contracted Strep A Toxic Shock, likely from the germs on the dirty eraser he rubbed against his arm.
He was taken to Enloe Medical Center where doctors found he was unable to maintain oxygen or proper blood pressure, so they placed him into a coma and had him flown to Sacramento for more advanced treatment.
Relatives say he is still in critical condition, but is improving.
Family members are asking parents to use his situation as a reason to talk with their children about the dangers of the “Eraser Challenge.”
Chico Junior High did not send a notice to parents about the incident, or the game, but say administrators spoke with each student involved.
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