LYMAN, S.C. – An 11-year-old South Carolina boy died after an online challenge, his mother said in a statement.
Da’Vorius Christopher “Chi-Chi” Gray of Lyman, South Carolina was found inside a closet after what appeared to be a suicide attempt, according to WSPA.
He was transported to a local hospital where he later died.
His mother, Latrice Hurst, later released a statement saying her son died after participating in a “pass-out challenge.”
“If I could rewind time I would go back and monitor heavily his use of social media, Youtube and the internet. He was on a site called ‘kick’[KIK] and had been playing games called ‘hangman’ and pass-out challenge where kids choke themselves to the point of passing out and it is apparently a widely popular game. He showed no signs of depression or destructive behavior, but Davorius was [a] prankster and love[d] to play tricks. He talked about how much he loved his family and people and never showed us any sign otherwise. I would just say I don’t believe young people should be on social media and it should be limited to adults or at the very least with extreme adult supervision where the parents can see everything that takes place on the sights should be a requirement. Chi Chi took up for others, loved people and loved life. I hate this happened and I feel part of me died but I feel Chi Chi has been given a platform to help others in his passing to realize the dangers of ‘playing with fire’. This tragic loss of my son has opened up dialogue between students and teacher[s], students praying and our community coming together, understanding the only healing is through a relationship with Jesus Christ.”
Hurst says she hopes parents will monitor their children’s social media use to help prevent deaths like her son’s.