ALERT issued regarding #HuachicolChallenge, It encourages people to bathe with gasoline and Ignite

There are already videos of this challenge that reflect “the ignorance and irresponsibility of young people who seek to become famous in social networks,” said Ofelia Sánchez

The Government of Tabasco launched an alert to detect social networks a challenge that prompts to bathe with gasoline and ignite fire in reference to the explosion that left 115 dead Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo, on January 18.

The challenge rather than incitement to injuries refers to a mockery of the sensitivity of people who suffered in the explosion of Tlahuelilpan, said Ofelia Sánchez, head of the Computer Crimes Unit (UDDI) of the state.

The so-called “Huachicol Challenge” was detected this weekend on social networks with the hashtag #HuachicolChallenge and the UDDI decided to launch an alert for considering that young people are encouraged to immolate themselves with gasoline.

In the state of Tabasco, no reports have been received that this challenge has been met, authorities said.

In Oaxaca it has been observed in carnival parties people dressed as burned, while social networks are already sold for 500 pesos carbonized dolls with a drum in hand.

On Twitter and Facebook circulate videos of this challenge that reflect “the ignorance and irresponsibility of young people who seek to become famous in social networks,” said Sanchez.

The official asked society, parents and young people to be aware, sensitive and rational to avoid collective suicides.

“It has been very mentioned and shared, that is of great concern for the prosecution, our intention is to prevent and avoid it,” he explained.

The specialist in social networks, Orlando Guzmán, considers that the risks in this deadly game are high and range from being injured to taking his own life.

He pointed out that this complex psychosocial behavior of Mexican youth arises from an “environment of instability” that is detonated in the face of problems due to “family disintegration and the poverty that surrounds them”.

To some Mexicans “this type of game is very funny, it does not give them remorse because there is a lot of insensitivity to suicide and a large sector of the population accepts it, tends to imitate it and transmit it in different ways,” he explained.

Source: UDDI, Gobierno de Tabasco

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