THE parents of two girls who vanished this week fear they were inspired by viral social media game the 48-hour Challenge which encourages kids to go “fake missing.”
Mary Tran Le, 13, and Tianny Granja, 12, from Houston, Texas, disappeared on Tuesday morning when they failed to turn up for their school bus.
Mary vanished on Tuesday with her best friend in Houston, Texas[/caption]
The girls’ parents believe they could have been inspired by the 48 hour Challenge which enourages kids to go missing. Tianny pictured[/caption]
The girls have since been found safe and have been returned to their families, KHOU reports.
Popular on Facebook, the so-called 48-hour Challenge encourages youngsters to go “fake missing” for two days.
Missguided kids can earn “points” for mentions about their disappearance on social media.
Described as “best friends”, Mary and Tianny vanished at around 7.30am and their phones were mysteriously turned off.
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Family members told news outlets that they hoped the girls were taking part in the controversial game.
Speaking with the Daily Beast, Dayanna Gomez, Tianny’s mother, said: “They were talking about the challenge the other day.
“I just want to find my daughter, and I hope she is just hiding and not in danger.”
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Teachers at Owens Middle School contacted their girls’ parents when they failed to show on Tuesday.
A school spokesperson said: “It is the school protocol to call the parents when children don’t show up for school in the morning.
“That’s what we did on Tuesday morning.”
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