Jamaica’s Ministry of Education warns against tripping jump challenge

It’s a dangerous fad that has taken over the internet-the tripping jump challenge.

Three people line up side by side, and the middle participant is goaded into jumping into the air, and then tripped on the way down.

A video of Meadowbrook High School students taking part in the prank, which has left one with a fractured arm, has triggered the Ministry of Education to issue a warning to school administrators to crack down on the growing practice.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Ministry of Education condemned the challenge as a dangerous prank.

“The ministry notes that there are several videos being circulated on the Internet showing students jumping and falling violently to the ground after being tripped by other students. This prank demonstrates a lack of good judgement on the part of those involved and should not be tolerated,” the ministry said.

“Students are partaking in the prank not realising that a fall of such nature can cause serious physical, mental, and emotional damage with great legal and financial implications.”

The education ministry has also asked schools to enlist the support of parents in promoting respect and empathy among the student population. Children have also been urged to use social media responsibly.