Advice to Parents/Carers,
We have received information from the Police and senior public health officials who have warned us of the dangers students may face by taking part in the latest social media craze #neknominate.
The drinking game – which is trending on Facebook and Twitter – encourages participants to film themselves in bizarre situations downing an alcoholic drink before nominating friends to do the same.
Police are particularly conscious that young people could be more impressionable and likely to succumb to peer pressure around this trend and are asking for parents and carers to make sure their children are aware of the risks.
Director of Public Health, Lucy Macleod, said: “Neknominate is a highly dangerous craze, which has already led to serious illness, hospitalisation, and even death, in some parts of the country. It increases your risk of heart attack, and can cause you to choke on your own vomit and suffocate, or slip into a life-threatening coma.”
We work very closely with the Police as part of our Safer Schools Partnership and we welcome your support to break this trend that is placing many students at risk.
Mr P Wilkinson
Designated Safeguarding Lead