New Social Media Challenge Kills Teenagers

InstaSlamming” The newest social media trend is killing kids.

Merced County, CA — Obdulia Sanchez, 18-year old girl from Central California, was arrested Friday for driving while intoxicated and gross vehicular manslaughter.  Sanchez and her sister had been driving north of Los Banos when she over-compensated a turn and crashed into a fence. The accident ejected her sister from the passenger seat, killing her.  Neither of them was wearing seat belts.

Sanchez is currently being held in jail on a $300,000 bail.

“Mr. Ticket,” the California traffic ticket lawyer team, says that this “accident” was part of a new social media stunt like planking, or butt-chugging.

“We have no idea how this ridiculous fad started.  Driving drunk and filming it on your phone?  The kids call it ‘InstaSlamming’.  We are great lawyers, but there is only so much you can defend when kids come in with manslaughter charges because they caved into peer pressure and posted themselves on the Internet driving while intoxicated.”

Tommy Fisher, a 16-year old student from Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo, CA knew Sanchez over Facebook.  He gave her post a “Sad React” and left this comment:

“This is gay.”

Other comments left on her Facebook wall included similar sentiments, but there were much more encouraging her behavior.

“Hell yeah, girl!  That was tight!  Lol”

“You should have been going 110mph, not just 80”

“I bet the cops are going to have fun with this one!”

Other colorful comments were left but we decided to leave them out as part of our moral, journalistic code of conduct here at Nevada County Gish Gallop.

Parents of these kids who are performing these social media stunts are appalled at the nature of social media.  Disgruntled area parent said at City Hall’s last meeting, “I just don’t get the kids these days.  First, it was just dumb stuff like ice bucket challenges and Gangnam-style dancing in public.  Now people are driving drunk, and knocking over good Christian statues like that crazy guy in Arkansas.  All for what?  Likes?  Attention?”

“For teenagers like Sanchez, the law will not be kind.  This behavior of encouraging others to harm themselves and others will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  We cannot stand for this content being shared online.  We have already contacted Facebook about the situation,” said District Attorney Larry D. Morse II

Facebook, for its part, issued an official statement regarding the incident.

“Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards…While your report was received we decided that it does not go against Facebook Community Standards. Please let us know if you see anything else that concerns you. We want to keep Facebook safe and welcoming for everyone.”

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