By now, many of you have seen the silly-ass “fire challenge” that people are participating in on Facebook, Vine, and other social media platforms. In the majority of the videos, the people being lit on fire, after being doused in nail polisher remover, aren’t the only participants: They need someone to start the fire and put it out after the non-flame retardant individual runs around like a chicken with their head cut off. Thanks to this “challenge,” a 41-year-old North Carolina woman named Janie Talley was arrested for helping her 16-year-old son complete the task, leaving him with burns on his neck and chest.
According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, “The mother of the victim was present and aware of what her son doing and facilitated the recording.” Super sick shit. Talley was arrested on August 6 and charged with contributing to delinquency of a juvenile. She should have been charged with more than that because that kid could have died.
The validation people seek from other social media users— to the point of risking their life— is sickening. Let’s do better folks.