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New Trier Warns Parents About ‘Cold Water Challenge’ of Jumping in Lake

School officials say teens are daring each other to jump in the frigid lake, and some have been injured.

New Trier High School officials are warning parents about a new teen trend: the “cold water challenge.”

TribLocal reports that some students have been injured — and school and police officials worry someone could be seriously hurt — in the challenge, in which students nominate someone to jump in the lake while others record and post the jump online.

New Trier teachers saw students sharing cold water challenge videos online, and the school decided to email parents about the trend, which is often publicized via social media, TribLocal reports.

In Minnesota, the Associated Press reports that a 16-year-old boy drowned after participating in a cold water challenge.

Closer to home, there was a stark reminder of the dangers of the lake this time of year in Lake Forest, where a 32-year-old recently drowned after possibly slipping off the rocks while cooling down after a run.

You can read the full TribLocal article here.

Channing Grant May 16, 2014 at 10:49 PM
My son and many of his friends did this last month. What are they thinking? I can't get mad though this is what teens do.

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