Teens Throw Boiling Water On Sleeping Friend For 'Hot Water Challenge'

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Captivating the imaginations of teens is a new social media challenge known as the hot water challenge which has left one 15 year old IN boy seriously burned.

An Indianapolis teen suffered serious burns after his friends poured boiling hot water on him as part of fad called the "Hot Water Challenge". The incident occurred after Clark and his friends had watched videos of the challenge on YouTube.

"And then, I looked down at my chest, and my skin just fell off my chest".

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"I looked down at my chest, and my skin just fell off my chest, and then I went and I looked in a mirror and then I had skin falling off right here and on my face", he said.

He suffered second degree burns on his back, chest and face. Doctors say they're starting to see more of these so-called internet challenges land people in the emergency room. He had to stay in the hospital for a week while undergoing treatment.

The "Hot Water Challenge" made national headlines in 2017, and it had been making its rounds on social media for about three years before that. Hopefully the lesson Clark learned can promulgate throughout the internet faster than the challenge itself, showing young people that boiling water, whether tossed on someone or ingested, is nothing to laugh about.

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"There's a limit to what you should do in a challenge and what you shouldn't", Clark told Fox 59.

"To see my baby, all burned up like that, it was heart breaking", his mother Andrea said.

"If your friends are telling you to do this, they aren't good friends", Dr. Ed Bartkus, of Indiana University Health, was quoted by Fox 59 as saying. A 10-year-old boy in North Carolina was taken to the hospital second and third degree burns after trying the Hot Water Challenge with his step-brother just days earlier.

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Kyland is recovering from his injuries. However, doctors reportedly told Kyland that his skin will take several months to heal.