CBS Los Angeles
There's a challenge on TikTok called the "skull-breaker" in which one person is pranked to fall on his or her back.
Two people stand on either side and knock the legs from underneath prankees as they jump.
A young boy in New Jersey was hospitalized after his friends performed the prank and he hit his head on the floor, suffering a concussion and seizures.
Most TikTok videos tagged with #skullbreakerchallenge are now warning against the craze. TikTok told CBS Los Angeles it removed any content encouraging violence.
A 13-year-old boy was hospitalized with a concussion after falling victim to a viral challenge on TikTok, CBS Los Angeles reports. The boy's parents, Stacy and Marc Shenker from Cherry Hill in New Jersey, said their son had suffered seizures after his friends performed the "skull-breaker" on him.
The challenge involves two people standing on either side of a target under the impression the person is being taught a dance. When the person jumps, the people on either side knock the person's legs from underneath them, causing the person to fall on his or her back.
"He was laying down unresponsive, and they had called the ambulance," Stacy Shenker told CBS Los Angeles of what happened to her son.
Business Insider India reported that the challenge started at a school in Venezuela, where it was called "rompecraneos." Hitting your head when falling can cause a skull fracture and even death.
On TikTok, the trend seems to have subsided, and most of the latest videos tagged with #skullbreakerchallenge are people warning others not to try it. But this may not be enough to ward off curious young children.
"People don't know how serious this actually is," one user, Chané, said in her video.
Many people who work in emergency services are also spreading awareness of why the challenge is dangerous.
Joseph Meloche, the superintendent of Cherry Hill Public Schools, wrote an open letter in which he advised parents to tell their children not to replicate what they saw on social media or TikTok.
"Recently, a few CHPS students attempted to replicate 'pranks' or 'challenges' they saw on TikTok, and other platforms, resulting in classmates being injured — physically and emotionally," he said.
"Often, children act impulsively and without considering the consequence of their actions. If your child has an electronic device, ask them to share what apps they are viewing and using. Help them to understand the extreme unintended outcomes that may occur because of a fleeting moment of making a bad choice."
In response, TikTok told CBS Los Angeles that it prohibited content that "promotes or encourages violence" and removed any video reported as such.