A 12-year-old girl from Argentina tragically died after she videotaped her attempt at dangerous suffocation, also known as the Blackout Challenge.
Blackout Challenge offers users to see how long they can hold their breath until they lose consciousness. This often involves suffocation to the point of unconsciousness.
Although the challenge existed before TikTok, it gained popularity on the platform in 2021 and is now completely blocked, and the hashtag for the challenge does not give results.
This has been called one of the most dangerous trends in TikTok in 2022, as several deaths related to this problem have been reported.
The latest incident resulted in the death of 12-year-old Milagros Soto, who was found unconscious in her bedroom.
A 12-year-old girl died after trying to suffocate
Milagros recorded how she tried to perform a viral choke after reportedly being sent a link to the call in a WhatsApp message.
The victim’s aunt, Laura, said her niece tried the test twice before tragically dying a third time.
A young girl died at her home in Capitan Bermudez, Santa Fe Province, Argentina, on January 13.
“We are inconsolable. We gave her so much love. I think someone pushed her to do this,” Laura said. “We have a lot of doubts about everything that happened to her. She was a very smart girl. She suffered a lot because of bullying.”
A spokesman for the victim’s school said: “We are supporting our student’s family at this terrible moment.” The school added that Milagros was “a great student, a friend, sweet, good and kind.”
An investigation is ongoing into the girl’s death.
Back in September 2022, a 14-year-old boy died in his room after trying to pass the test. In 2021, the death of another 12-year-old child was associated with this challenge.