Family says teen's suicide result of internet challenge
A San Antonio family is preparing to bury their 15-year old son after they say an internet challenge directed him to commit suicide.
It's called the Blue Whale Challenge, a social media group that parents say encourages teens to harm themselves and even commit suicide.
A quick Google search shows this dangerous fad starts on social media through things like Facebook Instagram and Snapchat.
The parents of a San Antonio 15-year old are asking others to be vigilant and routinely check their kids’ social media pages.
"Every day he was always making everybody smile,” said Angela Gonzalez, Isaiah’s mother.
Family members describe Isaiah Gonzalez as a happy and kindhearted 15-year old.
His parents Angela and Jorge say he was getting ready to begin his sophomore year at Southside High School.
"He had just joined ROTC,” said Jorge, Isaiah’s father.
Family members say they found Isaiah early Saturday morning after he committed suicide.
They claim his death is linked to an internet fad called the Blue Whale Challenge.
After joining the social media group, an administrator assigns daily tasks for a 50-day period.
“It talks about satanic stuff and stuff like that and my son was never into that,” said Jorge.
“You have to carve a number into your arm you have to cut yourself,” said Alexis, Isaiah’s older sister.
The tasks eventually get more extreme and dangerous
Isaiah's older sister Alexis says those controlling the challenge send threats if tasks are not complete.
The Gonzalez family is urging parents to keep a close eye on their children's phones and social media accounts.
"Look at it because you can catch it,” said Jorge.
“It wasn't his time to go,” said Alexis. “He was way too young. He had his whole life ahead of him."
Funeral services for Isaiah are scheduled for Thursday.