San Antonio Teen’s Death Blamed on Dangerous Online ‘Blue Whale Challenge’

A San Antonio family is grieving the loss of their youngest child, a 15-year-old boy.

His death, they said, was the result of a dangerous social media game we’ve exposed in the past on Eyewitness News.

Isaiah Gonzalez’s parents say he showed no warning signs of sadness or depression. Isaiah was a normal high school student, on his way to becoming a sophomore. He comes from a military family. His father, Jorge Gonzalez, is a retired veteran. Isaiah himself had dreams of enlisting.

“I think to him, it was a joke,” Gonzalez said. “it wasn’t him trying to commit suicide. I don’t see him doing that,”

That joke or challenge goes too far, and teens too often are falling victims to it.

According to many accounts online, ‘The Blue Whale Challenge’ targets teens through Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat.

An anonymous instructor asks kids to complete challenges, like listen to certain music.

But many of the challenges quickly become dangerous, urging teens to harm themselves. For instance, like cutting themselves.

The last challenge is fatal.

“He also had to post pictures to show proof that he had done that stuff,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez found all of that proof on his son’s phone. Isaiah’s final act was documented live on the internet.

“It could happen to any family. We’re just urging parents, look at your kid’s social media,” Gonzalez said.

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SOURCE: WFAA8; KENS, Andrea Martinez