'You're Eating Pepper Spray:' Viral Spicy Chip Challenge Makes Its Way To Oklahoma

New TikTok challenge puts Oklahoma student in ambulance.

Wednesday, September 6th 2023, 5:16 pm

By: News 9

From the Tide Pod challenge to the cinnamon challenge, have viral TikTok challenges gone too far?

Paramedics arrived at Newcastle Middle School, to assist a student who had taken part in the “One Chip Challenge”.

The TikTok challenge circulating among middle school students, is based around a single chip sold by a company called Paqui.

The chip is sold in a coffin-shaped box with a warning on the back for customers.

The Poison control Center says it contains Capsaicin, a chili pepper extract, and two other types of peppers that cause mouth and throat pain.

This mixture of spices can also result in more serious health problems including heart attack or even death.

"There's dangers involved here. It can cause life long effects for your digestive system. For this chip challenge there are measurements of heat for peppers & jalapenos up in the millions the same level as pepper spray. You're eating pepper spray,” said Major Richard Rex, Oklahoma City Police Department Firefighter & Paramedic.

Parents of students confirmed the Newcastle middle schooler ate the chip in the bathroom and passed out. 

Moments later a 911 call was made to help the child. 

While the incident took place, Newcastle students were placed on lockdown inside their classrooms while paramedics worked on the child.

The Middle School issued a statement urging parents to talk to their kids about not participating in social media challenges and students who bring items and or entice others into accepting various challenges will face consequences.

In Massachusetts, a family said their 14-year-old son died last week only hours after taking part in the "One Chip Challenge."

The family is waiting for a cause of death from the Medical Examiner's office, but they are convinced it was the chip that made their son sick.


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