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It looks like parents have yet another incredibly dangerous social media challenge to caution their children about: “The Penny Challenge.”
The new trend circulating on TikTok and YouTube involves sliding a penny behind a partially plugged-in phone charger, resulting in an electrical connection that creates sparks, damages the outlet, and could potentially start a fire or worse.
Last week, the Tacoma School District said a middle school student in the district took part in the trend, resulting in minor damage to the electrical outlet, but no injuries to the culprit.
Three teenagers in Massachusetts who are now facing criminal charges weren’t as lucky.
According to a report in the New York Post, one teen at Westford Academy started a fire inside his school, forcing students and faculty to evacuate the building when smoke started coming out of an electrical outlet in a classroom.
Shortly after the incident, a video started circulating among Westford Academy students showing the suspected student performing the act.
The prank caused at least $700 worth of damage, according to the principal, who has now ordered all hallway outlets in the schools to be capped.
On Tuesday of last week, two students at Plymouth North High School were caught performing the challenge after they scorched two outlets in a classroom. They’re now facing charges of burning a building, property destruction, and disorderly conduct.
According to NBC News, there have been a total of three incidents in Massachusetts related to the penny challenge. The first was in a private home in Holden.
WIBC’s Hammer and Nigel discussed the dangerous trend in today’s edition of “Is This Anything?”
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