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Blue Whale Challenge: Schools warning parents about viral suicide game

Posted at 2:59 PM, May 11, 2017

DENVER – At least one school district wants parents to know about a dangerous viral challenge targeting teens.

The so-called "Blue Whale Challenge" is sweeping across social media and getting attention from young people around the world.

The game purportedly encourages participants to harm themselves for at least 50 days and then commit suicide. The challenge apparently even had an app, but it was quickly pulled from Apple’s app store.

Denver Public Schools told our sister station KMGH in Denver that it is aware of the viral challenge, but it has not encountered any student participation. District officials have drafted a letter to parents warning them of the game.

According to a BBC report, an alleged administrator of the challenge pleaded guilty in a Russian court of inciting suicide.