A teen boy has been hospitalized after two of his classmates allegedly tripped him during a viral TikTok ‘Skull-Breaker Challenge’.
According teen’s parents, their 13-year-old son was allegedly tripped by two of his classmates during a viral game for TikTok which landed him in the hospital with a concussion that led to a seizure, CBS Los Angles reported Tuesday.
Stacy and Marc Shenker of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, said that their son was injured in January and was the victim of a viral prank circulating on the popular social media platform TikTok called the “Skull-breaker challenge.” The challenge requires one person to be unaware of its real purpose: to see them falling backward onto the ground.
The “Skull-breaker challenge” show involves three people standing in a row, ostensibly to learn a dance routine then when it comes time to jump in the air, the two people on either end instead use their legs to knock the middle person’s legs out from under them, causing them to fall.
The two students who tripped him, both minors, have been charged with third-degree aggravated assault and third-degree endangering an injured victim, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office’s public information officer tells PEOPLE.
“Please talk to your children about the potential consequences when you participate in a ‘challenge’ or online trend,” said acting Camden County prosecutor Jill S. Mayer in a statement. “While the challenges may seem funny or get views on social media platforms, they can have serious and long lasting health consequences.”