Despite the lack of solid evidence confirming its existence, the so-called “Blue Whale Challenge” may have hit America, as two teenagers reportedly committed suicide after playing the deadly game, where the final task is to kill oneself.
According to San Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT, the parents of 15-year-old Isaiah Gonzales suspected that their son had taken part in the Blue Whale Challenge when they found his dead body on Saturday morning, hanging in a bedroom closet with his cell phone on top of a shoe, live streaming his suicide on social media.
Isaiah’s father, Jorge Gonzales, claims to have had no inkling that the 15-year-old boy would kill himself, allegedly through the Blue Whale Challenge. Isaiah was described as a “jokester” who was often smiling, and when Jorge asked him and his siblings if they were also familiar with the Blue Whale Challenge, Isaiah admitted he was aware of the game but swore not to take part in it.
“I want them to go through their phones, look at their social media,” said Jorge Gonzalez, hoping to warn other parents that the Blue Whale Challenge may have hit American soil.
“If they’re on that challenge already, they can catch that from happening.”
As the Inquisitr wrote in May, the Blue Whale Challenge supposedly asks participants, oftentimes young teenagers, to take part in several tasks over a 50-day timeframe. Some of the tasks may be relatively harmless, such as watching horror films, but others may ask participants to harm themselves, with the final task being suicide. At that time, some American schools had issued warnings to parents about the social media phenomenon.
Prior to reports that the Blue Whale Challenge had arrived in America, the challenge’s purported creator, a Russian man named Philipp Budeikin, 21, pleaded guilty in May to encouraging 16 female challenge participants to kill themselves. The challenge reportedly started in Budeikin’s home country, but it’s only now that reports of American teens killing themselves after allegedly playing the game have emerged, starting with the case of Isaiah Gonzales.
Additionally, KSAT wrote that another Russian man accused of creating the Blue Whale Challenge was arrested in June, when 26-year-old postman Ilya Sidorov confessed to authorities after he was questioned in the death of a 13-year-old girl who killed herself by jumping in front of a passenger train.
Aside from Texan teenager Isaiah Gonzales, the Blue Whale Challenge has allegedly claimed another American victim, a 16-year-old girl from Atlanta who was not named in a report from CBS North Carolina. The girl’s family, who immigrated from Bulgaria to the U.S. about 15 years ago, described her as a “funny” girl who liked to make silly faces and was also a talented painter whose works were displayed at school art shows.
“At first look, you don’t think anything of it, you just think of an abstract painting,” said the girl’s brother.
However, there appeared to be some clues in those “abstract” paintings that nobody was able to point out until the girl committed suicide. Her brother observed that one of her paintings seemed to resemble the skeleton of a dead blue whale — the very animal whom the deadly challenge is named after.
“If you were to Google ‘what a skeleton of a blue whale looks like,’ it has a tremendous resemblance.”
Despite these new reports of the Blue Whale Challenge killing American teenagers, CBS North Carolina stressed that it isn’t even sure whether the game actually exists, or if it’s just another urban legend. But if you consider that at least two Russian men have been accused of starting the challenge, the Georgia girl’s brother did offer another eerie observation about one of his sister’s drawings — the farewell message in the drawing was written in Russian, and not the family’s native Bulgarian.
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