NEW YORK — A teenager remains hospitalized in critical condition Friday after ain Brooklyn.
New York City officials blamed social media, specifically TikTok, after the 14-year-old boy was seriously hurt and another 14-year-old boy was killed on Thursday.
Officials said the boys were riding on top of a Manhattan-bound L train and were knocked off when it entered a tunnel.
“Both were found underneath a northbound L train,” said NYPD Chief of Transportation Michael Kemper. “Both of them had serious trauma to their bodies and tragically one was pronounced deceased.”
It happened Thursday afternoon when the train was approaching the Bushwick Avenue-Aberdeen Street station.
Subway riders said they see subway surfers too often.
“It’s just a joyride … They have to be more conscious of their situation, their decisions,” one rider said.
“Ever since they made trains, they’ve been doing that,” another rider said.
“I think that it’s a tragedy because their parents are not teaching them what is danger and what it not,” said Victor Cruz.
An elementary school student named Alfonso told us his father warned him never to subway surf.
“I wouldn’t do that because that would be really dangerous and I might get hurt,” said Alfonso.
Mayor Eric Adams said he believes teens are being influenced by social media videos glorifying surfing on trains.
“I am calling today for TikTok to ban these videos immediately and take them down,” said Adams.
TikTok said it has a team of thousands who work to remove harmful videos.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to family and friends of the young person involved in this incident. This dangerous activity predates our platform, and we strictly remove such content if we see it on TikTok. More than 40,000 safety professionals are dedicated to keeping our community safe and work diligently to remove harmful content when found,” a TikTok spokesperson said.
Statistics showed subway surfing incidents rose by 366 percent between 2021 and 2022.