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Uruguay: Seven children commit suicide and two are hospitalized for doing viral Huggie Woogie challenge

Uruguay: Seven children commit suicide and two are hospitalized for doing viral Huggie Woogie challenge

It is a video game character that encourages its users to injure themselves with a pencil sharpener. The school administration has asked parents to be cautious.

A worrying fact alerted a school Uruguay where seven sixth graders they are self-excited severe cuts on his arms While trying to do a viral challenge. Two of them had to be hospitalized due to injuries.

The incident took place at the Barros Blancos Institute located in the Canelones department. It was there that a group of children gathered in a circle to follow the instructions of a famous character from a video game that Encourages users to hurt themselves.

This is Poppy Playtime, a horror application available for cell phones whose main character is called “Huggy Woogie”: A blue monster with big teeth that you have to try to avoid throughout the game.

Although the game is paid and not everyone can download it, the above character became so popular that it allowed the emergence of spin-offs or “copies” of the game, which are available on YouTube.

In one of these videos, the figure of a monster is used to encourage minors to take up dangerous challenges.

One of them involved disarming a pencil sharpener and injuring himself with its edge, a test that Uruguayan school students tried.

While they were carrying it out one of the teachers noticed what was happening and intervened, removed the element from the round and called an ambulance to assist the minors who had amputated their arms.

According to media outlet El Observador, five of them had recovered at the time, as they had suffered minor injuries. However, the remaining two had to be transferred to different hospitals in Montevideo, where they were hospitalized due to the depth of their injuries.

After a few hours, both were discharged and returned to their homes.

In conversation with the said newspaper, one of the children participating in the challenge assured: “I don’t know why I did it, I thought it was a game,” he said in his innocence.

The incident raised an alert in that institution and other places in the city. As a result, the school authorities asked the parents of the students to check their cell phones and be alert for these viral challenges.

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