Police are warning about a game that urges teenagers to go missing for two days without telling anyone their whereabouts, which has resurfaced on social media.
Deputies from the Albuquerque Police Department warned that the 48-hour challenge could pose a serious risk to children, put a strain on law enforcement and stated that anyone pulling the stunt could face charges.
“Whether it's a prank or not, we are going to use the same amount of resources,” Officer Simon Drobik, spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department, said. As part of the game, children allegedly as young as 14 are urged to run away and sever all contact for two days before suddenly re-emerging.
Participants get a higher score for each time they are mentioned on social media. That means that the “missing” children are rewarded when worried parents ask Facebook friends for help to find them.