Chico teen hospitalized after 'Eraser Challenge' game

Oct 15, 2015 5:55 PM by News Staff

A Chico Junior High student is fighting for his life after participating in the “Eraser Challenge,” a game that has become popular with teenagers across the country.

The game is a dare in which students take an eraser and rub it back and forth across their arm while reciting the alphabet and coming up with a word for each letter. Once they reach the letter Z they stop and compare their burns with their friend’s eraser burns.

A 13-year-old Chico Junior High School student played the eraser challenge at school last Tuesday and is now fighting for his life at Sutter Women's and Children Center in Sacramento.

According to a Facebook post by one of the student's relatives, he contracted Strep A Toxic Shock, likely from the germs on the dirty eraser he rubbed against his arm.

He was taken to Enloe Medical Center where doctors found he was unable to maintain oxygen or proper blood pressure, so they placed him into a coma and had him flown to Sacramento for more advanced treatment.

Relatives say he is still in critical condition, but his stats are improving.

Family members are asking parents to use his situation as a reason to talk with their children the dangers of the “Eraser Game.”

Chico Junior High did not send a notice to parents about the incident, or the game, but say administrators spoke with each student involved.


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