Former Egyptian MP Hamdy al-Fakharany’s son was found dead in his room on Monday night where several notes with scribbled handwriting and unknown symbols referring to the infamous Blue Whale game were found, according to his sister.
Yasmeen al-Fakharany took to her Facebook account to blame the game for her brother’s death, stating that they found papers with whale drawings among other symbols related to the game.
She added that her brother was a religious boy and would not have committed suicide that easily, especially that he was not going through any major problems that would push him to take his own life.
Yasmeen said that children are easily prone to the “devilish game”, and implored her followers to supervise their children’s’ cellphones and computers so that they do not fall victim to it.
The deadly game requires players to go through 50 challenges over 50 days. The challenges begin with self-harm, leading up to the final challenge which is suicide by hanging or jumping off a high building.
Yasmeen said that she later found out that the scribbles in her brother’s room were notes about the 50 challenges. She added that the last instruction was to keep the game in complete secrecy and delete it before going ahead with the suicide.
During the past few weeks, Arab countries have been on edge due to the number of Arab teenagers getting involved in the game, specifically in Algeria. The Tunisian government has warned families of the dangers of the internet, advising parents to keep a close eye on their children.