It's a social media trend that we first told you about last week on Newschannel 7. It's called the cold water challenge where teens dare their friends to either jump into chilly water, or pay $100 to a charity.
Two weeks ago, three teenagers from Marshfield decided to kick it up a notch. They videotaped their 16-year-old friend setting himself on fire and jumping into a nearby pond. Then they posted the video on Facebook.
Rochley Gross, the Marshfield High School liaison officer, said, “I contacted their parents. I explained to them what occurred. I did speak to them for quite a length in regards to the dangers of using flammable materials.”
Officer Gross said if you're thinking about doing the cold water challenge pick the polar plunge because it's safe, organized and it's for a good cause.
Luckily, none of the boys were hurt using the fire. And because they chose a secluded area and took safety precautions, no charges were filed against them.
The videos have been removed from Facebook, and the boys have apologized and promise to never do it again.