Parents alerted about ‘eraser challenge’

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BETHEL, Conn. (WTNH) — The principal of Bethel Middle School wants parents and school districts around the state to be aware of a dangerous game going around that’s become popular with teenagers. It’s called the ‘Eraser Challenge’.

Videos of the so-called game are popping up all over YouTube. It’s a dare where kids take an eraser and begin “erasing” their skin while saying the alphabet and coming up with a word for each letter.

Once they get to the letter Z, they stop and compare their eraser burns with their friends. The challenge can cause pain, severe irritation, bleeding, scarring and even possible infection.

Some worried Bethel Middle School students spoke up about the challenge. “A couple of my girls had come to me because kids were ending up with pretty severe wounds on their arms,” 8th grade teacher Doris Murphy said.

“They’re saying the alphabet but they’re creating a word for it,” Bethel Middle School Principal Derek Muharem said. “So it’s a for apple, b for boy.”

Muharem says it’s dangerous and unsanitary. “Kids are using the same eraser, going from one arm to the other passing it off.”

Educators worry its peer pressure driving the trend.

“They see one kid do it and they want to be a part of it and they make a game of it, but they don’t understand the ramifications that could occur afterwards,” Muharem said.

He says they know about a dozen in all different grades doing this, so he sent an email alerting parents and spoke directly to his students.

“They’re 13, 14 years old and what’s cool takes over sometimes,” Murphy said.

In his warning, Muharem asks parents to talk to their kids about the challenge and explain the dangers.

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