Wellesley Public School on Wednesday issued a warning to families and staff about a social media-fueled fad called the “One Chip Challenge” that has been making some kids sick across the country.
The memo reads in part:
The challenge involves a person eating one extremely spicy tortilla chip made from some of the hottest peppers in the world such as the Carolina Reaper, Scorpion and/or Ghost peppers (ingredients also found in pepper spray)…
Serious side effects include gasping, severe coughing, asthma, serious burning in the eyes, nose, and throat, sweating, mouth pain, general discomfort, nausea, and vomiting. The chip also causes the tongue to turn blue.
The memo, signed by Supt. Dr. David Lussier and Director of Nursing Ashley Hulme, encourages parents and staff to discourage kids from taking part in the challenge and discourages adults from buying the product.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a local school system issue a warning related to a social media trend. Natick Public Schools last year was among school systems to warn families about a viral message on social media late last year that indicated violence would happen across districts.
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