Boy, 14, found dead in bedroom after taking part in viral ‘Blackout’ challenge

A Scottish teenager has been found dead in his bedroom after taking part in a highly dangerous viral challenge known as 'Blackout'.

Leon Brown, 14, was found by his mum Lauryn Keating, 30, in their Cumbernauld home on August 25.

It later emerged that her son had been trying the trend that ended up with 12-year-old Archie Battersbee suffering a fatal brain injury.

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The Blackout Challenge – which actually started around 2008 – is also known as the Choking Challenge, and sees those wanting to take part holding their breath until they pass out due to lack of oxygen.

Dr Nick Flynn told the Irish Examiner earlier this year just how dangerous the challenge is.

He said: “What is actually going on in the brain is a lack of oxygen similar to when someone is drowning, choking, or having a cardiac arrest.

“If you have low oxygen to the brain for over three minutes you can get brain damage and if you have low oxygen to the brain for over five minutes it can result in death.”

Leon's devastated mum Lauryn told the Daily Record that her son was on Facetime with other friends at the time of doing the challenge.

She said: “One of Leon's friends told me he had been doing the challenge on Facetime with them after seeing it on TikTok.

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“My Leon thought he would be the one to try it first. Him and his friends probably thought it was a laugh and a joke. One of the kids who he was on Facetime with told me what he had done.

“She said they thought they would wake up, but Leon didn't come back around. It went horribly wrong."

Lauryn also warned parents of the dangers of these challenges and to ensure they speak to their children so they are not risking their lives.

“I had heard of this challenge, because of what happened to Archie Battersbee. But you just don't expect your own child to do it.

Please warn them, these online challenges aren't worth their lives. They aren't worth 'likes' or whatever they are doing it for.”

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