Teen Recovering from Horrific 'Duct Tape Challenge' Injury

Jim Liebelt | Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University | Monday, February 1, 2016

Teen Recovering from Horrific 'Duct Tape Challenge' Injury

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on USA Today.

A Washington teen is recovering after taking part in a "duct tape challenge” that went horribly wrong.

The so-called “duct tape challenge” involves wrapping duct tape around a person’s body and seeing how long it takes for the person to escape.

On Jan. 16, Skylar Fish, 14, and his two friends decided to take the challenge. Fish’s friends taped his legs and hands with duct tape while he was standing and waited for him to free himself, KCPQ-TV reported.

It wasn't the first time Skyler had taken the challenge, KIRO-TV reported.

But this time things didn't go as planned. Skylar struggled to get out of the tape and fell forward, striking his head on the corner of a window frame and ultimately slamming into the concrete floor.

“If he would have hit on it differently, an inch over, he could have died,” his mother, Sarah Fish, told KCPQ. “If his friend didn’t flip him over when he was having a seizure and choking up blood, he could have died.”

The fall shattered Skylar’s eye socket and cheek bone and caused him to have an aneurysm, according to a GoFundMe page his mother created.

Skylar had emergency surgery and received 48 staples on his head, Sarah Fish said in the GoFundMe post.

"I want people to stop and think that there are so many risks to any of these challenges," Sarah Fish told KIRO. "They're dangerous."

Source: USA Today