2 Camden minors charged after injuring another in TikTok 'skull breaker challenge'

Suzanne Monaghan
March 04, 2020 - 4:58 pm
Social media app TikTok on a phone.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Two minors in Camden face criminal charges for their involvement in the "skull breaker challenge" on social media platform TikTok that left another minor seriously injured.  

The prank involves a person being tricked into jumping in the air as two people on either side kick their feet out from under them.

"They could get a concussion for sure by going backwards to the floor fast. They could also get a skull fracture, so breaking of the bones in the back of the head. Worst case scenario is they could get a bleed in the head in the back of the brain," explained Dr. Kate Cronan, an emergency medicine doctor at Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children. 

The youths were charged with aggravated assault and endangering. The victim suffered a seizure, closed head injury and concussion, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.

''While the challenges may seem funny or get views on social media platforms, they can have serious and long-lasting health consequences,'' acting county Prosecutor Jill Mayer said.

The prosecutor's office did not release the names, ages or genders of the defendants or the victim.

Another challenge on TikTok is the weighted blanket challenge, where an approximately 20-pound blanket is thrown on a person's head.

"If they're alone and they're doing this on a video, if they passed out, they could possibly have trouble with this heavy blanket over their face as far as smothering. Now that would be an extreme, but some of these kids could pass out if they hit the floor really hard," Cronan said. 

Cronan points out that for kids who enjoy challenges, there are many charities that do them to raise money that won't cause injuries.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.