Police can't verify teen's suicide linked to Blue Whale internet challenge
New developments into the dangerous online fad called the Blue Whale Challenge. We’re told the FBI has received a few inquiries about it.
But an FBI spokesperson tells News 4 the San Antonio Police Department has not verified the challenge was a factor in Isaiah Gonzalez's death.
"We didn't think that our son would ever do something like this," said Jorge Gonzalez, Isaiah’s father.
The family of 15-year old Isaiah Gonzalez says the grief is nearly unbearable.
“I don't know what I could've done different,” said Jorge.
A couple weeks ago, Isaiah's father says he found an article about the Blue Whale Challenge on Facebook and talked about it with his family
“I don't know if that's what made him look into it but whatever it is I can't beat myself up for it because I tried,” said Jorge.
The soon to be sophomore was found early Saturday morning after hanging himself. Isaiah's family believes his death is a result of the challenge.
Dr. Irv Loev, a licensed professional counselor who has been working in the state of Texas for more than 30 years, says teens search for challenges like blue whale to feel like a part of a group.
"The teenage mind doesn't think about the end result,” said Dr. Loev. “The teenage mind doesn't like that."
Loev says parents can talk to their kids about the challenge but is reminding them another factor looms large.
"Cellphones have now become the new baby sitters so kids are on them all the time,” said Loev. “Parents have to be aware of how much time children are spending on cellphones.”
Our crime specialist says parents need to know not only the password to their kids' phones but also the passwords to all their social media accounts.
Another good tip is to not allow cellphones or other devices in bedrooms and to enforce a curfew where phones are picked up before going to bed.