Lancashire Police issue ‘tap out’ challenge warning after schoolboy, 12, put in hospital

Posted on - 6th July, 2023 - 10:35pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Fylde News, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, Schools, South Ribble News, Wyre News
Lancashire Police

A warning has been issued over a dangerous new social media craze that’s seen a teenager taken to hospital for treatment.

Lancashire Police has warned parents, carers and young people to be vigilant of the ‘tap out’ challenge.

A schoolboy, aged 12, from Chorley ended up losing consciousness and bit through his tongue.

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He had been taking part, with a group of friends, in the ‘tap out’ challenge during Wednesday (5 July). It’s also known as the pass out challenge, the flat liner or the choking game.

Lancashire Police said the game is where a child puts their arm around the neck of another child and applies pressure until the child ‘taps out’ indicating that the game should stop.

The boy was taken to hospital, treated and subsequently discharged and the incident is being investigated by police.

Detective Sergeant Gem Lashley of South CID said: “This so-called game can be incredibly dangerous as shown by what happened to this youngster yesterday and there have been reports nationally of even more serious injuries.

“We are investigating to establish the full circumstances, but I would urge parents and carers to be aware of this craze and to look out for signs that their kids may be getting involved. I would also ask children directly to avoid taking part, even if they feel pressured to by their peers.”

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Signs that children may be taking part in the challenge include:

  • Constant headaches
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Marks around the neck or body

Anyone with concerns should speak to their child’s school or the police if they have any concerns.

There’s also guidance from the NSPCC on how children can stay safe on social media.

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