Schoolchildren are being warned about the killer Jump Trip Challenge or Skull-Breaker which has started spreading through British schools.
Videos have spread online showing how victims are tricked into jumping up before having their feet whipped out from under them and smashing their spines and heads on to hard floors.
Two children have already died attempting the challenge abroad.
The dangerous stunt has spread around the world – on sites like YouTube and TikTok – and now youngsters are catching out unaware kids in Britain.
Parents have used social networking to warn other mums and dads to tell their children, and one group of nursers in Berlin made their own warning video after having to treat victims.
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In the videos two people ask a third if they can jump as high as them and when they try they make them crash land.
In the clip under the title Skull Breaker Challenge, the nurses showed the jump, but instead of then kicking away anyone’s legs they wag their fingers telling people not to do it.
Emanuela Medeiros, 16, is one of two children who have lost their lives to the Skull Breaker challenge last November at the Antônio Fagundes Municipal School in Mossoró, Brazil.
One London teacher said: “Lots of children in Britain are now aware of this stunt – but some of them may try to trick potential victims who don’t know about it into doing it.
“A lot have now either seen it on social media or seen other kids already try it at their school and some of themwill be stupid enough to try and catch someone out.
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“It means it’s only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured if potential victims aren’t made aware of it.
“It totally relies on the victim being unaware of it.
“If they know what is happening then they won’t fall for it, so the best option seems to be to quickly alert everyone.”
Medics said crashing down on to a floor could lead to anything from concussion, to fractures, a intracranial haemorrhage, permanent brain damage or even death.
The Daily Star found videos of suffering victims that had remained on YouTube, although a spokesman for TikTok said they had been removing them.
It appeared that although TikTok took clips down new ones are popping up.
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A TikTok spokeswoman said: “The safety and well-being of our users is a top priority at TikTok.
“We do not allow content that encourages, promotes, or glorifies dangerous challenges that might lead to injury and will remove any such reported content.”
After TikTok issued the statement the Daily Star found another clip on its app of a victim caught out, another of three young men telling others not to try it, and the nurses’ warning video.
However, the next day the one of the person tricked had been taken down, while the nurse one was left on.
In Florida, parents of one victim pressed charges against two Seabreeze High School students who performed the challenge on their daughter.
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