Teen Shot In Face As Part Of Social Media “No Lackin” Challenge

Published June 15, 2018

During the "No Lackin" challenge, you're supposed to pull out a gun and point it at a friend's face. In this case, things didn't go as planned.

No Lackin Challenge

Grimes County Sheriff’s OfficeRaul Garcia Jr., 17, who shot a friend in the face as part of the No Lackin challenge.

This week in Texas, a 17-year-old shot a 16-year-old in the face — all because of the social media-fueled No Lackin challenge.

On June 10 in Grimes County, Texas, 17-year-old Raul Garcia Jr. and a 16-year-old friend (whose name has not been released) were driving around when they decided to play the No Lackin challenge, also known as the You Lackin challenge.

Not many people have heard of it, but this dangerous challenge has surfaced a few times on YouTube and the like over the past year. It involves one person pointing a gun at another person and asking, “You lackin?” Then, the other person is to pull out their own gun, point it at the first person’s face, and reply “no.”

Now, the challenge doesn’t involve ever pulling the trigger, but that’s not how things happened for Raul Garcia Jr., reported local CBS7 news.

Grimes County Sheriff’s Office investigator Kindale Pittman said that the two boys were playing the No Lackin challenge when the car hit a bump and Garcia accidentally shot his friend in the mouth.

Garcia then called 911 saying that his friend had been shot, but the cell phone connection was lost during the call. By the time the Grimes County dispatchers were able to make contact with him again, Garcia said he was driving his 16-year-old friend to a hospital in Huntsville.

Law enforcement met the two teenagers at the hospital. The victim survived and was taken in for treatment, while Garcia was taken into custody.

Garcia was taken to the Grimes County Jail on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge. A second-degree felony, it’s punishable by two to 20 years of confinement and fines up to $10,000. Garcia has since been released on $3,000 bond.

The victim was reported as being in stable condition.

Investigators later located the pistols, which Garcia threw out the window before he called 911. They are still looking into who gave the two teens the guns.

This isn’t the first time the No Lackin challenge has caused life-threatening consequences. In January, a 17-year-old from Memphis was rushed to the hospital after he was accidentally shot in the head by his friend’s .40-caliber handgun while participating in the game.

However, apart from this incident and the recent one in Texas, there remains little indication that the challenge is widely undertaken.

“Guns aren’t toys,” Pittam said. “They’re there for protection, they’re there for hunting and that’s it. A gun is not a toy, that’s not something you play around with.”

“I would highly recommend to parents to monitor their children’s social media to determine what they’re looking at. If they were to find something that’s concerning, sit down and talk with them.”

After this look at the No Lackin challenge, read about the seven-year-old who set himself ablaze during the YouTube “Fire Challenge”. Then, read about the teen who killed himself to win the disturbing, social media-fueled “Blue Whale Challenge”.

Kara Goldfarb
Kara Goldfarb is a writer living in New York City.