Social media suicide game takes the life of an 11 year old boy
Cops in Naples, Italy, have seized the 11-year-old’s devices to see whether he was duped in to taking part in a sick suicide game which targets kids.
It’s reported that his body was found in a courtyard at the base of a residential apartment block yesterday morning.
His final message to his mum and dad – described as “well-known and respected” Neapolitan professionals by the Italian media – referenced “the man in the hood”, according to La Repubblica in Naples.
Media reports, suggested the healthy, sporty youngster may have died after taking part in a deadly game called ‘Jonathan Galindo’.
Corriere del Mezzogiorno explains that the so-called game is based on a creepy-looking man with a black hood showing “the benevolent appearance of Goofy from Disney, who requires friendship on every possible social channel – Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter.”
The sinister game is aimed at ensnaring the “very young” and entices them into a series of challenges.
Young people are contacted on social media and, after accepting a friend request, are told to take part in a series of challenges and tests of courage, which include self-harming.
Victims are often threatened with having their personal data leaked if they do not participate.
His parents said the boy was a “happy, serene child” and there were “no apparent problems, except a restlessness… perhaps because of the deadly challenge he had undertaken,” Corriere added.
The paper said that his devastated parents had “screamed desperately, waking up the whole building”, after being alerted to their son’s fatal plunge.
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