Another black tenth-grader is the latest victim of a viral Tik Tok challenge, Harris Wolobah from Massachusetts died on Friday following what his family said is from complications due to the “one chip challenge”, although results from a post-mortem is still being awaited.
The one chip challenge, popular on TikTok, involves munching on supposedly one of the spiciest tortilla chips in the world, then bearing the heat for as long as possible before eating or drinking something else for relief.
The chip from US brand Paqui comes individually wrapped and its website says it is made from two of the hottest chilli peppers in the world – the Carolina Reaper and Scorpion.
The 14-year-old’s mother, Lois Walobah told a TV news channel that she was called to the school by a nurse on Friday and that her son had told him a classmate gave him the chip, leaving him with a bad stomach ache. She took him home but later that afternoon his brother yelled that Harris had passed out and he was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Harris’s school paid tribute to the teenager, who was a keen basketball player.
Worcester Public Schools superintendent Rachel Monarrez said: “It is with a heavy heart I share that we lost a rising star, Harris Wolobah.
Harris’s family set up a fundraiser for his funeral expenses with over $22,000 raised at the time of this report.
Tik Tok is owned by China where children are exposed to a different form of the App that is highly regulated.