14-year-old Harris Wolobah, a Sophmore at Doherty Memorial High School, has passed away after taking part in a viral Tik-Tok challenge at school. The “One Chip” challenge is a single tortilla chip seasoned with the hottest peppers in the world – the Carolina Reaper Pepper and the Naga Viper Pepper.
Harris ate the chip at school and began to feel ill from a stomachache, his mother was then called in to bring him home. According to multiple reports, he passed out at his house and became unresponsive. Harris was rushed to the hospital where sadly he was pronounced dead.
Rachel Monarrez, the superintendent of Worcester schools, released this statement on the situation,
“It is with a heavy heart I share that we lost a rising star, Harris Wolobah, who was a sophomore scholar at Doherty Memorial High School. As a mother and educator, I cannot imagine how hard this is on his family, friends, and teachers. My heart goes out to all who knew and loved him.
The family of Harris posted this message on the GoFundMe fundraiser page,
“Harris passed away unexpectedly at the age of 14 from what we suspect to be complications due to the “one chip challenge” (autopsy pending).
The pain our family is experiencing is unimaginable. Harris was a light that lit up the room with his presence and subtle charm. He was an intelligent, quirky and incredibly talented young man who loved video games and playing basketball!
Our family is planning to lay Harris to rest in the coming weeks, so I’m hoping that with the help of this compassionate community, we can raise enough funds to alleviate the burden of funeral expenses for his parents and siblings during this incredibly difficult time.
Thank you in advance for your support. Your compassion and kindness resonate profoundly with us.
The Lama & Wolobah family”
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