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Massachusetts District Attorney warning parents of one-chip challenge after death of 14-year-old



While the investigation into the cause of 14-year-old Harris Wolobah of Worcester’s death in Worcester continues, the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office would like to remind parents to research and discuss with your children about the one-chip challenge.

According to DA Joseph Early Jr., medical professionals have said the tortilla chip, which is made from two of the spiciest chili peppers in the world, can cause very serious and dangerous side effects. The seasoning for the chips contains two of the hottest peppers available: Carolina Reaper Peppers, which are around 1.7 million Scoville units, and Naga Viper Peppers which are around 1.4 million Scoville units.

The Scoville scale is used to measure the hotness of a chili pepper, or anything derived from chili peppers.

The company that makes the chip even states, “Do not eat if you are sensitive to spicy foods, allergic to peppers, nightshades, or capsaicin, or are pregnant or have any medical conditions. Keep out of reach of children After touching the chip, wash your hands with soap and do not touch your eyes or other sensitive areas. Seek medical assistance should you experience difficulty breathing, fainting, or extended nausea.”

Early is urging parents to discuss this with their children and advise them not to partake in this activity. The company warnings state the chips are intended for adult consumption.

Other states across the country have seen hospitalizations due to the chip challenge, including teens, Early Said.

According to family, Wolobah passed away unexpectedly on Friday believed to be from complications due to the “One Chip Challenge” (autopsy pending).

Harris was described as a light that lit up the room with his presence and subtle charm, according to a GoFundMe fundraiser.

“He was an intelligent, quirky and incredibly talented young man who loved video games and playing basketball!”

Worcester Superintendent Dr. Rachel Monárrez shared the following statement regarding the passing of Wolobah, who was a sophomore from Doherty High School.

“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.

“Worcester Public Schools is offering counseling and social emotional support for those who have been impacted by this tragedy. If you are a WPS student or staff member in need of grief support, please let a caring adult know at your school. We are here to help.

“It is during the most trying times that the community of Worcester comes together and this is one of those times. May we stay focused on allowing the grief and healing process during this difficult time.”

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