Teen ‘lucky to be alive’ after duct tape challenge

03. February 2016 Parenting Guide 10



A Washington state teenager who was voluntarily wrapped in duct tape and struggled to free himself is now in hospital, recovering from a fall that cracked his head open.

The pictures of 14-year-old Skylar Fish in the hospital aren’t pretty. The details are even more gruesome: 48 staples across the top of his head, one eye socket crushed. The fall also caused a brain aneurysm.

“I’m just, actually, really lucky to be alive,” the boy told a from his hospital bed, where he has been recovering since Jan. 16.

If you’re wondering why he was wrapped in duct tape, then you haven’t heard of the duct tape challenge. The mechanics are pretty simple to explain, if not its appeal: Someone wraps you in duct tape and times how long it takes you to break free.

A Google Video search turns up more than 500,000 results. The videos began appearing in 2014, with the bulk of them posted last year. Almost all of them feature teenagers. Because obviously (as teenagers would probably say).

Some people do it .

Others prefer to be .

Some people like to do it taped up with .

Entertainment-wise, it’s Houdini for people who get all Ds in high school.

The silliness and stupidity is the point.

Whatever else might be said about the duct tape challenge, it’s harmless in the vast majority of cases.

Skylar said he and his friends had done the challenge several times in the past, wrapping each other around a pole.

This last time, he was doing it standing up. He lost his balance and as he was falling, he hit his head on the corner of a concrete window frame.

The boy’s mother, Sarah Fish, is warning parents about the challenge.

“They’re just looking at what’s fun, what’s cool, what’s going to impress their friends,” she a Seattle-based Fox News station. “‘I can break out of this duct tape. I’m the strongest. I’m the best.’ They’re not thinking, ‘What if I hit my head?’”

Unfortunately, the question teenagers don’t usually ask is: how could this possibly go wrong?


Courtesy: The Globe And Mail


10 thoughts on “Teen ‘lucky to be alive’ after duct tape challenge”

  • 1
    Rossdesigns on January 27, 2016 Reply

    “Unfortunately, the question teenagers usually ask is: how could this possibly go wrong?”

    That doesn’t make any sense. That is precisely the question that teenagers NEVER ask. That it can’t possibly go wrong is the erroneous statement that teenagers usually make.

  • 2
    Lamont Cranston on January 29, 2016 Reply

    actaully, there are annual competitions for suits and dresses made from duct tape for formal events..

    The results are quite interesting, so yes there are positive creative ways you can mix teenagers and duct tape.

    This, apparently, is not one of them…..

  • 3
    Bud Tugley on January 30, 2016 Reply

    Experiments with testosterone, alcohol and gasoline. I remember those teenage years fondly . . .

  • 4
    decorum est on January 31, 2016 Reply

    Even Red Green wouldn’t be so foolish. There are more productive uses for duct tape.

  • 5
    Lucas27 on February 1, 2016 Reply

    Maybe duct tape should be packaged with a warning: “Keep away from teenagers”

  • 6
    Father_Time on February 2, 2016 Reply

    I can just hear my mother’s voice now, “If your friends told you to wrap yourself up in duct tape to see how long it would take to free yourself, would you do it?” I guess the answer for today’s youth is, Yes!

  • 7
    quazz on February 3, 2016 Reply

    As a recovered teenage male (long ago) I can tell you that there is nothing dumber on this earth than a 15 year old male. My closest friends are quite bright and are now respected members of their community and all are good fathers. They are doctors, businessmen and even a lawyer thrown in. Turn back the clock 40 years and you would be hard pressed to find a group more troublesome, more bent on destruction or stupid high risk thrills or less thoughtful of their own future or mortality. I doubt it has been much different since the first cave teens thought it would be a good idea to throw rocks at a mammoth just for the laughs and thrills of the chase. You only have to look on youtube to see that nothing has changed, the mammoth has been replaced by any number of foolish stunts and the duct tape one is of the milder variety. In our case as soon as we could we upped the ante and all bought motorcyles. My boys were much less so but there is no avoiding the dumb years.
    Maybe we should lock them all up from 15 – 19. LOL

  • 8
    daysofcoleco on February 3, 2016 Reply

    Not like he went running around the Antarctic by himself or anything.

  • 9
    RezDog44 on February 4, 2016 Reply

    What a waste of good duct tape.

  • 10
    HJohn on February 4, 2016 Reply

    I don’t agree with the “D student” reference. Stupid pranks, physical challenges etc. are universal among teens. It’s got nothing to do with grades or IQ and everything to do with things like testosterone, group dynamics, and emotional maturity. Just look at the fraternities at Ivy League universities and what they’ve done historically in terms of hazing rituals. None of them were D students in high school (except the occasional son of a magnate or politician who bought their way in).

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