Indore teen attempts suicide as part of Blue Whale challenge; alert students, coach save him

Primary investigations suggest that the Class VII student had been playing the Blue Whale game on his father’s cellphone for the last few days.

Published: 10th August 2017 10:24 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th August 2017 07:39 PM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

BHOPAL: Alert classmates and a sports coach saved a Class VII student from falling for the deadly ‘Blue Whale’ challenge at a premier school in Indore on Thursday.

The 13-year-old boy had climbed the railing on the third floor of the Chameli Devi School in Indore’s Rajendra Nagar area and attempted to jump, but alert classmates and a sports coach present there pulled him back.

According to additional SP (Indore West) Rupesh Kumar Dwivedi, “primary investigations suggest that the Class VII student had been playing the Blue Whale game on his father’s cellphone for the last few days. Early investigations suggest that the boy has been tense, thinking about committing suicide which is the final task of the game.” Rupesh Kumar Dwivedi said the student might be taken for psychological counseling. According to principal Sangeeta Poddar the boy was too frightened after his suicide attempt. He told the teachers that he had been playing Blue Whale for the last couple of days.

The deadly game that has reportedly originated from Russia is suspected to have killed a student of class 9 on July 29 in Mumbai’s Andheri area, which was the first such death in India.

The game starts by asking participants via social media to draw a whale on a piece of paper, then carve it on their body, and then gives other tasks such as watching horror movies alone or waking up at unearthly hours. The tasks also involve self-harm, while the 50th task is to commit suicide.

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