Fire Challenge Nonsense
I don't really know where to begin, but if you're not aware, there's something going around called the Fire Challenge. If you are aware, you probably know more about it than I do, considering I only found out about it about 10 Minutes before this post. This 'Fire Challenge' is where teenagers pour rubbing alcohol on themselves, then light themselves on fire.
There was a video on the news site I saw on it, but I didn't feel like it was worth it to give the satisfaction of raising the viewer count on something so disturbing. I think it shows the complete moral depravity we live in.
As I was reading an article on this, it was like something you'd read on one of those fake news sites. This is not fake news, but a sad reality. There are now warnings going out to tell teenagers of the dangers of lighting themselves on fire. I don't think tons of money needs to be spent in educating teenagers on the dangers of this challenge, nor should there be graphic pictures on billboards about it.
I believe criminal charges should be filled against those involved with making and posting these videos. I say that not to be insensitive to the sad realities that drive these teenagers to want to do such a foolish thing. I believe criminal charges would do far more to put a stop to such a trend than telling teenagers it's dangerous. If someone is crazy enough to light themselves on fire, they already know it's dangerous and the only way for them to find out is the hard way.
The first consequences are evident with this 'fire challenge', people play with fire and they get burned. It's not enough for people to go to the hospital after being burned from lighting themselves on fire. There need to be consequences beyond that if we don't want to see this stupid trend continue.
Teens who get hurt shouldn't simply be treated in the hospital, told not to burn themselves anymore, then sent home. Picture this scenario: Cory's friends dare him to take on this 'fire challenge', at first he thinks the idea is crazy, but they egg him on and he eventually gives in. He lights himself on fire, screams and they immediately put the fire out, but not before he has 3rd degree burns. They rush him to the hospital, thankfully, there was an emergency personnel of available to respond. In the meantime his neighbor Johnny is just getting off of work and is extremely tired, he slams into a guardrail. He's badly injured and because of Cory, the response time is delayed. He survives the wreck, but he's slapped with a reckless driving ticket.
Now suppose Johnny's passenger didn't make it, because responders were a couple minutes too late. While he was fined and has to pay money he can't afford, causing his family to cut back on the food budget, Cory is back with his friends with no consequences for neither he nor his friends. In fact they all laugh about what happened while they watch the video on youtube.
Things like this are disturbing and in addition to it, how many hits do these videos receive. This is an anything goes, people should be able to do whatever they want society and it's crumbling more each day. I remember almost vomiting when I heard about a car being on fire with people trapped inside and instead of trying to help in whatever way possible, people were taking videos and snapping pictures. It's sick that people find pleasure and humor in such calamity.
If these teenagers making videos like this aren't punished for their crimes, no amount of education is going to help and the 'fire challenge' will be a small matter compared to the things that follow. This may be one of the lowest quality blogs you ever read, but quality writing wasn't my goal, so much as to shine a light on reality.