Grieving Parents Say ‘Blue Whale’ Social Media Challenge Led 15-Year-Old Son to Commit Suicide

– July 17, 2017

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Funeral services were held on Thursday for a Texas teenager who, according to his parents, committed suicide after a social media challenge dared him to kill himself and broadcast his death on social media.

The parents of 15-year-old Isaiah Gonzalez said they found their son on Saturday morning, July 8th, after he committed suicide by hanging himself in a bedroom closet. According to KSAT, the teen had propped up his phone nearby and broadcasted his death on social media.

Isaiah’s parents believe an internet fad called the Blue Whale Challenge convinced their son to kill himself. The challenge reportedly encourages teens to harm themselves through a series of dares and eventually commit suicide.