skip to Main Content

Lafayette Parish Schools Ban Paqui Chips After Students Seek Medical Attention At TikTok Challenge | Education

After several students needed medical attention after participating in a TikTok challenge, the Lafayette Parish school system banned a certain spicy tortilla chip from its campuses.

It’s called the “One Chip Challenge,” and if you’re on Tik Tok or YouTube, you’ve probably heard of it. The challenge is to eat a spicy Paqui brand tortilla seasoned with some of the spiciest peppers available, then wait as long as possible to eat or drink anything else.

Officials say students across the country have been hospitalized following a reaction to extremely high readings from the chip’s Scoville heat unit.

READ MORE: Parents sue for District Court to review LJ Alleman TikTok discipline case

The parish of Lafayette is no exception. According to a letter sent to parents on Thursday, a number of LPSS students required medical attention after participating in the social media challenge.

Paqui chips are banned from LPSS school campuses and facilities, effective immediately, the letter says.

LPSS students in possession of the Paqui chip, those who provide the chip to others, and those who participate in the chip challenge on school grounds, on buses, or at LPSS-sponsored activities will face disciplinary action that may include suspension as outlined in the LPSS 2022-2023 Student/Parent Handbook, according to the letter.

Superintendent Irma Trosclair urged parents and guardians to talk with their children about the dangers of participating in the Paqui One Chip Challenge, as well as other potentially dangerous internet challenges.

According to the National Poison Control Center, “The Paqui One Chip Challenge is a social media challenge that involves the consumption of a spicy tortilla chip. The chip contains capsaicin, a compound naturally found in chili peppers. Consumption of capsaicin usually causes mouth and throat pain, but can also lead to more serious health problems, esophageal damage, chest pain, heart palpitations and even heart attacks.”

The chip company Paqui’s disclaimer states that the chip “should not be ingested by persons with sensitivities to spicy foods, allergic to peppers, nightshades, or capsaicin, or who are underage, pregnant, or have health issues”.

Back To Top