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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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Electric Vehicle company with Chinese ties awarded $500 million of taxpayer money for 2nd U.S. plant



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With a little help from their Democrat friends, a Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery company with ties to the Chinese Communist Party just announced the opening of its second plant in the United States.

Fox News reports Gotion Inc., whose parent company Gotion High-Tech is based in Hefei, China, unveiled plans to build a $2 billion lithium battery plant in Manteno, Illinois, alongside Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who cheered the project.

The announcement comes amid growing opposition to the company’s plans to build a billion-dollar factory in Mecosta County, Michigan.

In order to make the expansion happen, lobbyists for the Chinese Communist Party-tied electric vehicle company funneled cash to Democrats. “Individuals at a law firm registered as foreign agents to lobby on behalf of Gotion, a Chinese electric vehicle battery company developing a controversial project in Michigan, and wired campaign contributions to several top Democrats” reports Fox News.

“According to state and federal filings, Monique Field-Foster, an attorney at the Lansing office of the Warner Norcross + Judd law firm who is acting as a foreign agent on behalf of Gotion, donated to the campaigns of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Whitmer’s sister Liz Gereghty and Michigan Democratic Senate hopeful Rep. Elissa Slotkin” the Fox News report continued.

“In partnership with the business community and the General Assembly, two years ago we set out to make Illinois a destination for electric vehicle and clean energy companies from across the globe,” Pritzker said in a statement.

“With the right incentives, nation-leading infrastructure, world-class workforce and booming clean energy production, we have transformed ourselves into an attractive location for global manufacturers. Today, we take another leap forward. It’s my pleasure to welcome Gotion to Illinois and to show the world yet again that Illinois is ready to be a player on the world stage.”

Pritzker delivered remarks late last week thanking Gotion for choosing Illinois to call “home” in a ceremony with leaders from Gotion High-Tech, including Li Zhen, the company’s chairman and president, who said he expected the factory to open in less than 12 months.

“All that we see here [in Illinois] are of enormous value to us: an enabling business environment, a supportive state government for the new energy industry and their highly efficient work, as well as the prospects of the State of Illinois in the coming years,” the Gotion president added. “We believe that Gotion’s battery technology will help to boost e-mobility in North America and the economic and trade exchanges between China and the U.S.”

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