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Man up and ignore ‘Neknomination’

I watched a ‘Neknomination’ video the other day and someone that I love was nominated to do it. All of a sudden it sounded very real.

The second I heard it I said, “I hope he doesn’t do it”, then I thought, of course he will, but what if he is the unlucky one?

How would I feel if he was no longer with us?

So I private messaged him (not to embarrass him) and asked him not to do it.

This rubbish has to stop. Young people feel they have to man-up, they can’t be seen to ignore/shy away from the challenge of a Neknomination.

Some even feel they must outshine their nominator and go a step further by drinking that bit more or making a video that is even more impressive!

And yes, it will earn you endless likes on Facebook and you will feel great.

But please stop and think!

I think it takes a bigger person to ignore a nomination.

Let’s just say you’re lucky, you complete the challenge unscathed, get plenty of likes and nominate more friends.

But suddenly, one of your nominees dies. How would you feel?

Medics break the news to the family that this sudden death was as a result of this game. How would you feel?

You have to face the parents and explain that you nominated their child. How would you feel?

Your own parents cannot comprehend that their child is responsible for the death of another. How would you feel?

It makes national news and the local papers. How would you feel?

Everyone in your locality is talking about you. How would you feel?

This person’s partner watches the video and that becomes their last memory of the one they had planned to spend the rest of their life with. How would you feel?

You attend the funeral but are asked to leave to avoid further upsetting the family. How would you feel?

Every time you see a drink you think of this tragedy and how you nominated your “friend” to complete this fatal act. How would you feel?

Send this to your family and friends and anyone who gets nominated. Sorry if we embarrass you but if it keeps you alive or prevents you from the shame of killing a nominee then surely it’s worth it?

I’m sure this sounds dramatic, and I bet I don’t look cool posting this. Thankfully I’m not bothered about how it makes me look!

It is pretty shocking but not impossible.

So, how would you feel?

Elaine O’Rourke

Laois

 

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