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TikTok challenge leaves a 13 year old dead

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TikTok, the social media giant from China, has given a platform to allow its creators to create challenges, some safe and some bad, for the users of the app and in the case of a 13 year old boy from Ohio, well, he tragically lost his life.

Jacob Stevens of Greenfield, Ohio, attempted a challenge in which he consumed between 12 and 14  Benadryl tablets which is more than six times the recommended dose. Stevens took part in this life threatening challenge earlier this month, according to reports from Fox News Digital. Stevens and his friends did not know that this would be the last time they would all get to hangout. After attempting this life threatening challenge Stevens ended up in the hospital, brain-dead. His parents have now taken him off life support, leaving a family without a son.

In an interview with Fox News Digital, Steven’s grandmother Diana said, “We tried to tell him to stay off TikTok. We didn’t want him on TikTok. There’s things on there that are good, but there’s also things on there that are bad.”

According to reports, Steven’s spent six days in the hospital with no brain activity. His parents decided to take him off of life support.

Last year alone, a single challenge called the blackout challenge where you self-inflict unconsciousness through the act of asphyxiation, was directly connected to the death of 20 minors, ages 11-16.

In the case of the Benadryl challenge that Stevens attempted, there has been one reported death before his. The Challenge is meant to create hallucination’s after taking an extreme amount of Benadryl. A lot of young folks are easily swayed into the idea of gaining recognition for attempting something so dangerous that it blinds them to the adverse reaction of taking what medical experts call a potentially lethal dose of medicine which leads to seizures, coma and death.

Steven’s friends were filming his attempt at the challenge until he began to have a seizure, according to reports. His friends left him because they were afraid, according to his grandmother.

In the report from Fox news digital, Diana, Steven’s grandmother told the media company,

I think Jacob kind of thought the Benadryl wasn’t going to hurt him. He’s had it before

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Analysis: Biden unlikely to sanction Iran’s oil exports, gas prices ‘critical during an election year’

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Analysts say President Joe Biden is unlikely to “prompt dramatic sanctions action on Iran’s oil exports” due to “worries about boosting oil prices and angering top buyer China” according to Reuters.

Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, House Republican Representative Steve Scalise, said the administration had made it easier for Iran to sell its oil, generating revenues that were being used to “go fund terrorist activity.”

The Biden administration has maintained for months that among its primary goals is to keep the Gaza conflict between terror group Hamas and Israel from turning into a wider regional war. However, House Republican leaders accused President Joe Biden of failing to enforce existing measures and said they would take up this week a series of bills to sharpen sanctions on Iran.

Kimberly Donovan, a sanctions and anti-money laundering expert at the Atlantic Council, said that oil-related sanctions have not been strictly enforced in the past couple of years.

“I would not expect the administration to tighten enforcement in response to Iran’s missile and drone attacks against Israel over the weekend, mainly for concerns (that) could lead to increases in oil prices,” she said.

“The price of oil and ultimately the prices of gas at the pump become critical during an election year.”
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