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12 August 2017, 01:48 | Silvia Roy
"Challenges" are viral dares and pranks that YouTubers film themselves doing.
The stories of injuries due to the boiling water or hot water challenge has included a girl in Florida dying after sipping boiling water through a straw. In the videos - it's not clear if the water is ever really hot - victims scream and writhe in apparent agony; later, burns are often shown.
A unsafe challenge called the "Hot Water Challenge" has come to light in the wake of a couple of high-profile and tragic cases of a child being burned, and one losing her life from the challenge that involves scalding hot water.
But most recently, an 11-year-old girl from NY made headlines when her friends poured piping hot water over her face while she was asleep.
The Sunreports that Aniya Grant Stuart, 12, is accused of throwing boiling water on Jamoneisha Merritt, 11, during a sleepover. She's in extreme pain, and likely permanently disfigured.
Wesley Smith, a 10-year-old boy from North Carolina, sustained awful injuries after he attempted the game with his step-brother. But if you're young and impressionable and getting most of your intel from YouTube videos, we'll give you a pass here and gently remind you that pouring boiling water on your skin, or drinking it straight through a straw, is a awful idea.
"I think the only reason why she in good spirits is because she don't actually see the damage done to her".
In another spin-off of the game, people are dared to drink the boiling liquid.
According to the Burn Foundation, it only takes three seconds for water heated to 140 degrees Fahrenheit to induce a third-degree burn.
Ki'ari Pope and her cousin had apparently watched several videos on YouTube of people performing the so-called "hot water challenge" before the child severely burned her throat and died. They ain't letting her see her face.
With the above cases of the "Hot Water Challenge" making the news in a major way, the hope is that the word is spread that the "Hot Water Challenge" is a unsafe challenge to indulge in, and people are being warned to stay far away from the "Hot Water Challenge".
Mic has reached out to YouTube about why some of these videos have remained live on the site and will update this post if we hear back. Merritt's mother has blamed the incident on the Hot Water Challenge; Merritt's cousin said that Merritt "and her friend got into an argument and she told her if she goes to sleep they were going to do something to her".
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