Blue whale image on schoolboy’s hand triggers panic among students, teachers in Delhi
Apprehending the student was reportedly playing the game himself and was motivating other students to play it, the school management called the Delhi police control room around 9.15 am. A police team reached the school and met the student.delhi Updated: Sep 13, 2017 11:33 IST
Panic gripped the students and teachers of a private school in southwest Delhi’s Dwarka on Tuesday morning after a teacher heard a Class 6 student allegedly discussing Blue Whale Challenge game with his friends in the class. The teacher informed the school management and they found the image of a blue whale on the student’s arm.
The computer game, believed to have been developed in Russia in 2013, has become one of the most controversial online games worldwide and has been blamed for suicides by more than 130 teenagers worldwide. Participants of the game are required to perform several tasks over a 50-day period, with suicide as the final “challenge”.
Apprehending the student was reportedly playing the game himself and was motivating other students to play it, the school management called the police control room around 9.15 am. A police team reached the school and met the student.
However, it was learnt that the student had randomly drew the blue whale on his arm with a sketch pen.
“No injury mark was found on the child’s hand. The child’s parents were also informed and his mobile phone was checked. But the Blue Whale Challenge game was not found on his mobile phone. It was confirmed that the boy was not playing the game,” Shibesh Singh, deputy commissioner of police (southwest), said.
Though no police action could be made out in connection with the matter, classes were cancelled for the day and a three-hour-long counselling session was organised at the school during which students were alerted and sensitised about the dangerous game.
A police officer said that the student who had drawn the sketch on his arm was counselled separately both they police officers and trained counsellors. During the counselling, the officer said, the child admitted to making failed attempts to download the game at home in the mobile phone and tablet.
“His parents have been advised to keep an eye on the boy and make him aware about dangers related to the online game,” said the officer. He also said that the teacher heard the boy discussing how to download the game before alerting the authorities.