A South Carolina mother is warning other parents about the dangers of social media after her 11-year-old son died while playing the pass out challenge.
Latrice Hurst said her son, Davorius “Chi Chi” Gray, was playing games called “hangman” and “pass-out challenge,” where kids would choke themselves to the point of passing out, WYFF 4 News reported.
The game became popular on social media as more and more children would record themselves taking the challenge. But on March 14, Davorius was found dead in his home, according to 7 News.
In a statement released through her pastor, Mark Pangel, Hurst partially blamed social media for the death of her son. The statement read:
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If I could rewind time I would go back and monitor heavily his use of social media, youtube and the internet. He was on a sight called ‘kick’ and had been playing games called ‘hangman’ and pass-out challenge where kids choke themselves to the point of passing out and it is apparently a widely popular game. He showed no signs of depression or destructive behavior, but Davorius was prankster and love to play tricks.
He talked about how much he loved his family and people and never showed us any sign otherwise. I would just say I don’t believe young people should be on social media and it should be limited to adults or at the very least with extreme adult supervision where the parents can see everything that takes place on the sights should be a requirement. Chi Chi took up for others, loved people and loved life.
I hate this happened and I feel part of me died but I feel Chi Chi has been given a platform to help others in his passing to realize the dangers of ‘playing with fire’. This tragic loss of my son has opened up dialogue between students and teacher, students praying and our community coming together understanding the only healing is through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Pangel described Davorius as “one of the sweetest kids” he ever met.
“He was the one that would come up to you and hug you,” Pangel told WYFF 4 News. “He was always smiling.”
Pangel said he was at the hospital with the boy’s family.
“It was the most humbling experience in my life because little Nae, his 8-year-old sister is in there, and she's stoic and hurting and doesn't know how to react,” Pangel recalled. “And I wanted to fix it and there's literally nothing I could do.”
The Coroner’s Office and police are still investigating Davorious’ death.