Parents warned of 'Cold Water Challenge' - FOX 32 News Chicago

Parents warned of 'Cold Water Challenge'

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - The 'Cold Water Challenge' is a new game teens are playing on social media, but the consequences of the dangerous game could be deadly.

Many teens in the Midwest have taken the challenge. But one Minnesota teen that played the game over the weekend and suffered deadly consequences.

On Friday night, 16-year-old Davis Colley drowned in Minnesota's Eagle Lake. Now, his friends are now urging everyone to avoid taking part in the challenge because they say it's the reason he's gone.

The challenge exploded on social media over the past few weeks. The game challenges kids to jump into an icy lake. A video of the teen jumping into the lake is then posted on social media. If they don't take the challenge, they are told to make a donation to their favorite charity.

After Colley's death, officials at New Trier High School sent out an email blast warning parents and students about the dangerous game - a game that shouldn't be played.

"Kids have played truth or dare all their lives. Now, they can record it and put it on YouTube for posterity. Kids don't realize life is fleeting. Some people don't understand the value of life," one local told FOX 32's Darlene Hill.

Officials say the temperature of Lake Michigan this time of year is about 37 degrees. Jumping in and staying in water that cold can cause hypothermia.

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