Two girl students in Pakistan have been expelled from college after they were discovered playing the dangerous Blue Whale challenge, a news report has revealed. The two girls were students of grade 11 and 12 at Government Girls Degree College Pind Dadan Khan in Jhelum.
According to the Dawn News, Raheela Chandni, the college principal, called the students’ parents to explain the situation after tip-off from a third student who discovered that the girls had been playing the game.
The principal told the newspaper that she decided to expel the two girls after talking to their parents in order to “prevent other students of the college from being influenced” by the phenomenon.
According to the report, while there has been anecdotal evidence and rumors that the game has also made its way to Pakistan, there have recently also been reports in the media to that effect.
Dr Imran, a psychiatrist at Peshawar’s Khyber Teaching Hospital, earlier claimed that two young men from Mardan approached him for treatment after suffering depression while attempting to complete the challenge.
They were the lucky ones because, as Dr Khan related, they realized that the game would harm them, so they decided to see a doctor. It is the emotionally vulnerable and socially isolated who are most at risk, and these are the people the game targets.