A disturbing new challenge has surfaced online – the Jonathan Galindo Challenge is an online series of tasks which leads to self-harm and suicide; its implementation may even have contributed to an 11-year-old boy’s death.
The Jonathan Galindo Challenge involves a character in a clown mask who interacts with children via TikTok and Twitter, posting simple tasks such as watching horror films to more complex ones such as taking 50 steps towards self-harm or suicide.
Blue Whale Challenge
Jonathan Galindo gained notoriety in 2020 for his affiliation with the Blue Whale Challenge, an unsettling online trend that encourages people to harm themselves through performing tasks over 50 days leading up to self-harm or suicide. Many individuals reported receiving messages associated with Jonathan Galindo or Blue Whale Challenge via social media platforms such as Instagram and TikTok.
Philipp Budeikin reportedly began the Blue Whale Challenge in Russia using visual threats to coerce vulnerable young people into dangerous activities. To participate, participants must complete several tasks over fifty days including watching horror videos, cutting oneself with scissors and engraving an image of a blue whale on one’s arm. Accounts claiming to be curators then threaten players with leaks of personal data if they refuse participation; numerous accounts using Jonathan Galindo or an animated version of Goofy have appeared across TikTok, Twitter and Discord encouraging people to join this deadly game – even including accounts using Goofy photos that encourage participation by encouraging participation by others who already took part.
Jonathan Galindo is an accomplished multi-talented professional who boasts an array of credentials. With expertise in business development, marketing, product design and operations management – as well as retail experience where he gained insight into customer needs and trends – his skills enable him to craft innovative strategies that help businesses meet their goals. Jonathan began his career managing retail stores where he gained insight into customer preferences before transitioning into managing day-to-day operations at larger facilities.
People began noticing accounts on social media using the name “Jonathan Galindo” that depicted him with an uncomfortable Goofy costume and claimed they were part of an internet challenge which encouraged children to self-harm.
TikTok and Twitter accounts would contact children urging them to participate in the challenge, including threats of doxxing – publicly disclosing personal details online – should they fail. Finally, these accounts would threaten killing their kids if they failed.
Jonathan Galindo has become an online persona that has caused considerable alarm among parents and child safety organizations. As a sinister-appearing figure who appears on various social media platforms and attempts to trick young people into performing dangerous tasks, Jonathan appears in fearful imitation of Momo Challenge which incited great alarm among both parties involved.
On Halloween night in Waltham, Massachusetts on 61-year-old man was murdered after being assaulted by Jonathan Galindo a 33-year-old masked individual known as Jonathan Galindo was charged with killing. Police arrested Jonathan Galindo Sunday afternoon following an initial robbery attempt he made against his former roommate on Halloween.
Jonathan Galindo is thought to have amassed an immense following on Tiktok, though this number remains hidden by the platform. Known for his creepy persona resembling that of Goofy from Disney in an alternate reality setting, many find him terrifying and are appalled at what they encounter there.
A macabre game known as the Jonathan Galindo challenge has reignited an alarming trend and caused many to fear it will cause more children to take their lives. A character called Jonathan Galindo looks similar to a dog while wearing dark hooded clothing and encourages young children to complete risky tasks, including suicide attempts.
Italian authorities are raising concerns over an 11-year-old boy’s suicide on Tuesday morning after they learned he jumped from a 10-story window on Via Mergellina, Naples and appeared to be trying to complete challenges set forth by fictional character Jonathan Galindo from an online horror game. Police haven’t ruled out that possibility.
Parents should talk with their children about the risks posed by online games like Cursed Goofy and report any profiles with dark-hooded individuals with names like Jonathan Galindo or Cursed Goofy. Furthermore, they should remain wary of messages or posts appearing to come from these accounts, and block anyone who sends direct messages or interacts with it directly.