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12-Year-Old Severely Burned By Friends in Viral ‘Fire Challenge’

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12-Year-Old Severely Burned By Friends in Viral ‘Fire Challenge’

12-Year-Old Severely Burned by Friends in Viral ‘Fire Challenge’

It appears that a viral internet challenge has sent another a kid to the hospital. The latest incident happened to a 12-year-old Michigan boy. He was severely burned when his friends set him ablaze as part of a so-called “fire challenge,” according to a report.

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While speaking with WDIV-TV, the victim’s mother Tabatha Cleary of Dearborn Heights, said her son Jason was hospitalized for four days with second-degree burns to his chin, chest and stomach, after his friends set him on fire Saturday while trying to do the disturbing social media trend on YouTube.

“I just want everybody to know that these challenges, or whatever they’re watching on YouTube, is not worth risking your life,” Cleary told the station. “My son got [second-degree burns], and it could’ve been way worse.”

Cleary admitted that her son willingly took part in the challenge — where participants set each other on fire using flammable liquids before being extinguished. Cleary said she heard her son, who was at a nearby friend’s house in Dearborn Heights, screaming while still on fire outside the other family’s home.

“So we came running out, and that’s when his friend, Bryce, was riding him on the bike with no shirt on,” Cleary continued. “And I immediately started to freak out. I’m like, ‘Take him to the hospital! Take him to the hospital!’”

“They kept spraying it on me,” Jason Cleary said of the nail polish remover. “Once my dad finally opened the door and said, ‘Let’s go to the hospital,’ I was in the backseat, still in much, much pain.”

Jason is expected to make full recovery. According to The New York Post, police are still investigating the incident and child welfare workers have since visited the family’s home.

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