17 year-old Trayton Smith has become the first victim of a disturbing new trend among kids known simply as ‘The Taser Challenge’. In it, teenagers are biting down on a piece of cutlery or other such metal implement and Tasering the thing, sending huge electric shocks throughout their body. It can cause nerve damage and, as Trayton Smith and his family discovered, death.
“Electrocution is nothing to play around with,” emergency room doctor William Marker said after the tragic incident. “I’ve seen at least 49 young people this week with most of them suffering minor brain damage and all of them with permanent nerve damage.”
Marker went on: “This last incident actually took a life. People need to wake up and use their brain and understand what is dangerous and what is not dangerous. And where are these kids parents?”
Trayton’s mom decided to release the video online with the hope that it might just go on to save someone’s life.
“I want people to see what this challenge did to my son. Hopefully it can save someone’s life,” she said.
Here is the video in full: