Blue Whale Dare: Dehradun boy wanted to end life, say school officials
The boy made the confession to his school principal after he was confronted for his unusual behaviour.cities Updated: Aug 12, 2017 20:47 IST
A Class 5 student of a popular Dehradun school on Saturday was stopped from committing suicide by his school authorities after he confessed to playing the online game Blue Whale Challenge and wanting to end his life, as required by the game instructor.
The game, responsible for scores of teenage deaths around the world, provokes players to do daring, self-destructive tasks for 50 days before taking the “winning” step of death by suicide.
A 14-year-old Mumbai boy, who jumped off the terrace of his home on August 1, is believed to be the first Indian casualty of the game that has also seen a student trying to jump from school in Indore and another going missing in Pune this week.
The Dehradun boy made the confession to his school principal after he was confronted for his unusual behaviour, a senior school official told HT on condition of anonymity.
School sources said the principal had found the student looking depressed and pulled him up on Friday, after his class teacher maintained that he was usually playful.
Initially reluctant, the boy opened up after some counselling and told the principal and teacher that he wanted to end his life following instructions of the Blue Whale Challenge instructor.
The principal was taken aback when he named the game was Blue Whale,” said the official of the school in Dehradun’s posh Dalanwala locality.
School authorities immediately called his parents.
“The boy was very restless, and admitted in front of his parents that he was into Blue Whale online gaming. He also told that his friends in school told him about the game. He kept on repeating that he wanted to end his life to achieve the target,” the school functionary said, requesting not to reveal the name of the student and the school.
She said his mother admitted about his strange behaviour recently, but expressed ignorance about the types of online games her son was playing.
Later, both the boy and his parents were counselled.
“We have asked the parents to keep the boy away from the suicidal game that is turning out be a menace for kids,” said the functionary of the school management.
She further said that sensitisation of students and their parents is needed in view of this online game gaining popularity.
Cyber experts and psychologists have advised parents to strictly monitor teenagers hooked on to dangerous online games such as the Blue Whale Challenge.
The game starts as a challenge for teenagers, but soon becomes an addiction as they derive a thrill by winning the initial easy levels, according to Indore-based psychologist Rekha Arya.
This is the first incident of someone addicted to blue whale game reported from Dehradun.