AS MANY as six Russian schoolgirls may be implicated in the first reported case involving the macabre ‘blue whale’ suicide game in Andalucia.
The case is now being probed by the National Police after a 15-year-old girl’s parents reported that their daughter had carved ‘F-57,’ one of the hashtags associated with the game, into her forearm.
They and five other families are now receiving counselling after their teenage daughters allegedly signed up for the macabre game, which has been linked to the deaths of at least 130 children in Russia.
Players supposedly report to an administrator, who assigns a series of increasingly gruesome tasks over a period of 50 days, typically involving self-harm or watching horror videos at unusual hours.
Photographic or video evidence must be provided to the curator as each task is completed, with the sleep-deprived, psychologically-depressed player eventually encouraged to commit suicide to ‘win’ the game.
New cases are apparently springing up around the world from Argentina to China.
In Spain, incidents have been reported in Catalonia and the Basque Country, with the youngest victim allegedly just 12-years-old, although there have been no deaths reported.
Those responsible are said to be using advanced psychological profiling tools to target vulnerable children.
However, while police and schools in a number of countries, including Spain, have issued warnings to parents, cyber-bullying experts and fact-checking websites say that the existence of the blue whale game remains unproven.
Meanwhile, recent reports regarding the supposed arrest of the game’s creator all lead back to just a single link on a Russian website that was published months beforehand before inexplicably being picked up by the international tabloid press.
In Marbella, the names of the victims, parents, or school have not been released.