Parents receive warning about “Eraser Challenge”

BELLBROOK, Ohio (WDTN) – A dangerous activity sweeping the country pops up in the Miami Valley, prompting school officials to notify parents.

Bell Creek Intermediate Principal, Mike Baldridge sent out an e-mail Thursday, which stated that a dozen students had engaged in the activity.

The “Eraser Challenge” was described as a game where students take an eraser and begin “erasing” their skin.

Baldridge’s e-mail went on to say, “Most students use their hands to do this– however it can be anywhere on their body. The skin is “erased” to the point of  blistering and significant open wounds.”

Doctor David Roer with Pediatric Associates of Dayton said games like this can cause serious infections, or worse, “In some cases, when you look back, some of them were so bad they ended up with amputations of the extremity.”

The school nurse at Bell Creek talked to the entire fifth grade today at lunch about the dangers of the game, as well as peer pressure.

Doctor Roer also attributed the game’s popularity to peer pressure.

“That’s why they do these games. That’s why they drink, that’s why they smoke. You just have to have enough  open discussions with your children to let them know that it’s okay to say no.”

2 NEWS contacted Principal Baldridge, who did not want to comment.

 

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