Tuesday 31 March, 2020

VIDEO: Student body joins in call to cut dangerous school prank

A screen grab from a video done by the National Secondary Students' Council appealing for an end to the dangerous Triple Jump Challenge prank in schools.

A screen grab from a video done by the National Secondary Students' Council appealing for an end to the dangerous Triple Jump Challenge prank in schools.

The National Secondary Students’ Council (NSSC) has added its voice to the ongoing calls for students at various educational institutions across the island to desist from engaging in the dangerous ‘Tripping Jump Challenge’.

Following on the heels of calls from officials from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information for various stakeholders to immediately nip in the bud any emergence of the dangerous prank, the NSSC has joined in the action with a two-minute video showing students from various schools coming together to call for an immediate end to the act. A part of the video is carried below.

“This idiot thing needs to stop. Not only is the act dangerous, but it has led to several injuries,” said one student in the video that has been making the rounds on social media.

 

The Ministry of Education, in a release, went further.

"The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information uses this medium to advise our stakeholders of the growing trend of a popular prank called the ‘Jump Trip Challenge’ or the ‘Tripping Jump Challenge’, which appears to be spreading on social media.

“Several videos are circulating on the Internet showing students jumping and violently falling to the ground after being tripped by others.

“School administrators are being cautioned against the popular prank within our schools, and are advised to take every precaution to stymie this practice," read the release from the ministry to its regional directors, school board chairmen and principals of all public educational institutions over the weekend.

"The ministry stands ready to provide any assistance you may need to ensure that this practice ceases immediately. You may contact your regional office for further details," the statement continued.

The modus operandi of the pranksters is to encourage their peers to compete in the tripping jump challenge, which involves three persons.

 The three persons are placed in a horizontal line with the person in the middle unaware of what will soon happen. As the student in the middle, who is being duped into believing all three will be jumping simultaneously, springs up, he/she is tripped by the two persons to the left and right.

"The persons on both ends give the impression that all three persons will be jumping in a contest, but instead, the two persons on both sides use their feet to trip the middle child, who is innocently jumping, causing that person to fall inhumanely to the floor," the statement from the ministry added.

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