Last week, Conor Wilmot, 13, died while taking part in the Blue Whale Challenge, which is an online suicide ‘game’. The online ‘game’ assigns ‘tasks’ to children for 50 days before it encourages them to commit suicide in a final act. Conor is just the latest victim from the sickening online trend that many young children are engaging in. On May 11, Conor’s father Greg found his son’s corpse in a field near his family home in Sixmilebridge, Co Clare, Ireland. And now Greg Wilmot is warning other parents about the sinister game. If his boy had not found it online, he probably wouldn’t be gone from the world today…
Greg Wilmot is now living in regret. He tried to be an understanding parent and allow his son to use the internet without many restrictions. But now he sees the error of this way of thinking.
The internet is filled with evil things. And if a child happens to stumble upon them, they can be brainwashed and tricked into doing something as terrible as taking their own life. Conor, like many teens his age, was completely committed to his virtual world. Committed enough to take his own life.
“Parents nowadays do not realise how much their children are into the world of virtual reality where, to them, everything is reality,” Mr Wilmot told the Irish Mirror. “They find it hard to discern between the two and I don’t see how we are going to tackle this as a major problem. Any nutcase can post terrible things on social media.”
Police have seized Conor’s phone and computer so they can determine if he was indeed involved with the Blue Whale Challenge before he died.
While this game might sound ludicrous to you, it has already been the cause of more than 130 teenage deaths in Russia. Now it is migrating into the English language and terrorizing teens in Ireland and other parts of Europe. What’s to stop this ‘game’ from migrating into the United States?
The game spreads like a virus through social media. It preys on young children with low self-esteem and low self-worth. The ‘game’ pushes these vulnerable children to harm themselves and eventually take their own life.
Many of the daily tasks throughout the 50 days seem benign. But they all build up to the eventually act of suicide. Each task enslaves the child into the Blue Whale Challenge mode of thinking and acts as a psychological tool to encourage the child to do the worst to themselves at the end.
Conor’s school St Patrick Comprehensive School in Co Clare, Ireland released a statement following the boy’s death:
“There has been some speculation on social media and in some media outlets regarding the circumstances of the tragedy. In particular there have been suggestions of bullying. This speculation is totally without foundation and represents an unwarranted intrusion into the grief of the family at this tragic time. School management and the school community as a whole are shocked.”
Do you think the perpetrators of the Blue Whale Challenge need to be stopped?