The Backpack Challenge: A PSA
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Lately a new challenge has been sweeping the nation, and frankly, it’s quite dangerous. The goal of the challenge is to run between two lines of people throwing backpacks at you and make it to the end without falling. It is believed to have stemmed from an initiation ritual in a gang called the Apache. A similar positioning of people is used but instead of backpacks, they must make it past people punching, kicking, and even hitting them with baseball bats.
The most popular story is that the Backpack Challenge originated at Palmdale High School in California, but it could have started somewhere else, and not been publicly posted. The most commonly believed “first one” was posted by someone with the twitter handle @abucciwood (it does contain explicit language). The video shows approximately ten high schoolers lined up in two lines with backpacks in hand while another teen gets ready to run between the lines of kids. When he starts running, he is pummeled with (presumably) heavy backpacks and falls down. Since this first video in November of 2016 many other groups of people have tried it. Some of those attempts were successful, while some ended in injuries such as black eyes, busted lips, and in one case, a broken arm.
While it’s ok to come up with new challenges and have fun, sometimes, people do things that are perhaps too dangerous and should not be repeated.
Twitter: @abucciwood: https://twitter.com/abucciwood/status/799706549157445632
Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PNYB6yU2XM