WASHINGTON – Don’t run in the halls. Don’t chew gum in class. Don’t pass notes to your neighbor. And, whatever you do, don’t snort condoms.
Wait a minute! “Don’t snort condoms?”
That’s right. It’s the latest stupid teen craze, with thousands of kids involved, if YouTube videos and the warnings of school officials around the country are any indication.
School officials in San Antonio are holding meetings with parents to let them know about the dangerous activities their kids might be involved in – one of them, snorting condoms.
What’s it all about? It started as a YouTube Challenge back in 2013, but it’s hotter than ever. The idea is to inhale through one nostril an unfurled latex condom and then pull it through your mouth. Why? So you can become a YouTube star, of course.
As Texas state education specialist Stephen Enriquez put it, “These days our teens are doing everything for likes, views, and subscribers. As graphic as it is, we have to show parents because teens are going online looking for challenges and recreating them.”
It’s the latest potentially deadly kid fad since swallowing liquid laundry detergent pods.
Maybe it’s time for the schools to offer classes on what not to do with condoms.
Yes, choking is an obvious hazard, especially while focused on video recording your stupid trick.
But perhaps this is just another lifestyle choice?
In a piece for Forbes (yes, Forbes Magazine), Bruce Y. Lee had this thought about the craze: “Gee, what could go wrong when inhaling an object made of latex rubber and covered in lubricant and spermicide? Well, first of all, here’s the list of things that you should be snorting up your nose – air.”