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15-year-old suffers horrible injuries because of this online 'challenge' teens are taking

An Indiana teen suffered second-degree burns after participating in a dangerous online social media challenge. (Image Source: YouTube screenshot)

A 15-year-old in Indianapolis suffered painful injuries after his alleged friend poured scalding hot water on him while he slept as a part of the "hot water challenge."

What is the 'hot water challenge?'

The "hot water challenge" is a fad among teenagers who record each other pouring boiling water on themselves or others, or trying to drink scalding water through a straw. The absolutely foolish "challenge" has led to terrible and sometimes lethal consequences.

Kyland Clark suffered second-degree burns on his back, his chest and face because of the misguided act of his friend.

He said that he and his friend looked up the challenge on the internet and decided to participate. But when he fell asleep, his friend decided to surprise him.

“My skin just fell off my chest, and then I looked in the mirror and I had skin falling off here and, on my face,” Clark said.

Clark was treated for his injuries in the hospital for a week. Doctors say his skin should heal, but it will take several months.

“To see my baby, all burned up like that, it was heartbreaking,” said his mother, Andrea Clark.

Here's a news report about the terrible 'challenge':

The hot water challenge can be lethal

In 2017, an 8-year-old Florida girl died months after she suffered injuries to her throat from taking the "challenge" and sipping boiling water.

Here's a report about the lethal challenge:

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