If you thought we were scraping the bottom of the barrel with teenagers eating Tide Pods, wait until you get a load of the next challenge to hit the internet. It’s called the “Deodorant Challenge” and it left one girl with second-degree burns on her forearm.
Ellie, a 15-year-old living in England, may need a skin graft on her arm after participating in a challenge that involves spraying deodorant on the skin for as long as the person can take it.
Ellie describes doing the challenge with her South Gloucestershire classmates:
It’s a hole in my arm and there’s all this yellow stuff coming out. My friend did it a year ago and has a scar, but said it wasn’t as painful as mine. When I show people my injury they lift up their sleeves and show that they’ve all had it done too.
Ellie’s mother, Jamie Prescott, took to Facebook to warn other parents of what their kids might be up to:
For any parents who have children, please, please sit them down and show them these pictures. These are the damaging results of something known as ‘The Deodorant Challenge’ which is currently doing the rounds.
It literally involves spraying deodorant on to someone else for as long as possible. It’s that simple, and results in severe secondary burns. The pictures below are that of my daughter’s arm THREE WEEKS ON which may still as yet require a skin graft.
Ellie’s injuries are horrendous and if we can stop others doing it that will be great. As you can see from the yellow padding, it is still weeping excessively. Ellie met friends at the local park and they asked her to do the challenge, which she hadn’t heard of.
Other children have asked what’s wrong with her arm but they have also had it done and show their scars.
News of this latest challenge has hit the internet and people are shaking their heads.
Because eating Tide Pods wasn't quite dumb enough……Does anyone else shake their head and wonder what goes through these kid's minds? https://t.co/xKiuV9A2Ob
— Three K Promo (@ThreeKpromo) May 9, 2018
How dumb are ya’lls kids these days?
— Jus (@JustinSizzle) May 7, 2018
A teenager was left with second-degree burns after taking part in the “deodorant challenge” https://t.co/so8rTLWjx0
— TIME (@TIME) May 9, 2018
Some people thought it was time to let natural selection run its course.
Good. Earth can no longer withstand this many human beings. Natural selection at its finest.
— Sofia EO (@itsSVF) May 9, 2018
If you've informed them of the risk of the dangers of fire at least once in their life, let them do this if they want. @AwardsDarwin
— Joseph McDermott (@joeymacjoeface) May 9, 2018
This challenge is for idiots only.
— Maria Ortiz (@MariaZitro59) May 9, 2018
It’s just natural selection at this point. Just stop doing dumb shit
— Ireland (@London_AC) May 9, 2018
But it turns out this particular challenge was a thing before challenges were a thing.
We did this in secondary school. It’s faded but I still have the scar on my arm lol
— geraldine (@smethngclever) May 7, 2018
Did this at 15, I'm now 28, I was showing off and not knowing what it would do, now scared for life, this stopped me getting into the army as they saw it as self harm, trust me guys, it ain't worth it pic.twitter.com/fCxldfwUoK
— John Donkin (@john_donkin89) May 7, 2018
There is nothing new about this “challenge”, idiots who thought they were cool we’re doing this way back when I was in school!
— Luke (@LplusM52) May 7, 2018
It’s nothing new honestly.
— Harry Manning (@HarryManningBMX) May 7, 2018
This isnt new, used to do it 12/14 years ago.
— Davey Sadler (@daveysadler15) May 8, 2018
Done this about 17 years ago . Ew young people suck.
— _ Darren (@_DBell_489) May 7, 2018
So it turns out young people do dumb things regardless of the generation.
Fk me, and in years to come they will say “did you ever do that deodorant thing!” we used to use cards to destroy nuckles, hyperventilate then get squeezed until you passed out, amongst a ton of other mad shit kids do #kidswillbekids
— Mark (@markcing) May 8, 2018
Krissy blamed Democrats even thought the story originated in England.
Cinnamon challenge, eating tide pods, licking toilets, snorting condoms, and deodorant challenge. The Democrats look to these kids for votes cause they will do and believe anything. Our future is so screwed if these kids become leaders. https://t.co/qndeqlDnF1
— Krissy (@MAGAKrissy) May 8, 2018
Maybe teenagers have always rebelled by doing stupid things, but now parents know because of the internet?
Dangerous teen challenges exist, but their popularity is often way overstated, part 1393778908 https://t.co/jXtsinZ448
— Abby Ohlheiser (@abbyohlheiser) May 9, 2018
The Washington Post had this to say about these challenges:
Dumb and dangerous online teen challenges are repeat visitors to the news cycle. And they bring with them a whole world of factual murkiness. In this case, as in many others, the challenge itself appears to be real, and dangerous. But there’s little definitive evidence that it has actually gone viral among teenagers in Britain or elsewhere on social media. Instead, the thing that trends is often the warning about the challenge.
For many of us, the saving grace is…
Lol I could have gone viral with some of the dumb things I did as a kid! pic.twitter.com/k4sjOd83JS
— Luis Villaseñor (@L_A_Villasenor) October 27, 2016
And if you can’t handle teenagers being teenagers, there is always this option:
Lifehack: Don't have kids
— Meowy McMeowerson (@fembotswana) May 9, 2018