Narasi.net – Oregon teenager Olivia Ross is determined to spread positivity online after she says she was a survivor of TikTok’s “Skullbreaker Challenge.”
“I don’t think TikTok is the devil,” Olivia, a 17-year-old secondary school junior, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue, “but the way we used it should have been changed.”
Olivia come to that end result following the disturbing events of January 2020. At Mountainside High School in Beaverton, she was a freshman in a school readiness class overseen by a substitute teacher when a gathering of upperclassman asked if she had any desire to be in their TikTok video.
“I was constantly on the application and making content,” says Olivia, who routinely made videos for her secondary school’s spirit page.
So she said yes.
Standing in the gathering for the clasp, Olivia was supposed to hop as high as she could – and she says she thought every other person planned to bounce as well. But while she was in midair, her legs were kicked from behind, causing her to fall in reverse and land headfirst on the classroom floor.
“I didn’t realize that that planned to occur,” she says.
Olivia also says she didn’t have the foggiest idea about the video was actually an endeavor to reproduce a viral trend known as the “Skullbreaker Challenge.”
In a statement to PEOPLE, a public communications official with the Beaverton School District says principals were told by those in attendance that “the students occupied with a conversation about a TikTok video frenzy and invited the freshmen to go along with them.”
“The video was taken at the rear of the class towards the end of the period,” the official adds. “The idea was to have all kids hop, but one student (Olivia) would have her legs kicked free from her and fall. All consented to this and one of the freshmen was positioned behind Olivia to get her. Olivia’s legs were kicked free from her, and she hit her head on the floor.”
“Olivia guaranteed that she was not mindful that her legs would be kicked and that she’d fall to the floor,” she official continues. “The others stated that everybody had discussed it and that Olivia realized what was coming.”
Concerning activity, “the district followed board strategy,” says the official, who declined to be more specific because of protection issues.
A Type 1 diabetic, Ross’ glucose skyrocketed and wouldn’t descend in the repercussions of her physical issue.
“She blacked out when she hit the floor,” says her mother, Lindsay Zobrist, 44.
Suffering from a headache and dizziness – “I was just inclination truly sick,” Olivia remembers – she called her parents from the school nurse’s office. They got her ahead of schedule from school and took more time to the trauma center, where she was diagnosed with a concussion.
“The specialist had seen other kids who had the same thing occur,” says Olivia.
The situation was exacerbated when Olivia got back to school. Even as she was recuperating, video of the stunt – and her physical issue – flowed, and some students guaranteed Ross was mindful of what planned to occur, something she denies.
“They said I was attempting to be TikTok famous,” she says.
Before her bad dream, Ross was an individual from the homecoming court and had a great deal of friends, but she felt alone afterwards.
“I went from being somebody who wanted to go to school to somebody scared to go to school consistently,” she says. “I was scared that something like this would happen to me once more.”
But not entirely set in stone to transform her experience into something positive for others on the web. Toward the beginning of March 2020, she started an organization called Teaching Kindness Matters.
“I needed to take care of business and ensure that this happened to no other kids,” says Olivia, who has five more youthful siblings.
She tells PEOPLE she has worked with TikTok to attempt to bring down videos like the “Skullbreaker Challenge.”
“It makes me feel truly blissful realizing that I’m helping other students not have this happen to them,” she says. “TikTok is a truly amazing asset and can use be used for so much positivity.
There are so numerous positive trends that you can participate in. I think the great outweighs the awful and I just like to keep it as such.”
TikTok declined to remark to PEOPLE during the current week’s story about disturbing challenges on the web, and the quantity of users harmed performing challenges is obscure, but in a refreshed safety strategy released in February, the organization says, in part, “We don’t permit users to share content portraying, advancing, normalizing or glorifying dangerous acts that might prompt serious injury or passing.”