A report this week states that Vine star Lil Terio was hospitalized after being stuck in a tube at Chuck E. Cheese’s. Is this true or false?
The story is fake.
It was published by fake news website Huzlers, which came to prominence in late 2013 with another fake Lil Terio story in which the boy was said to have been kidnapped. In the fake Chuck E. Cheese’s story,we read:
Terrio was believed to have been stuck for a whole hour before passing out and later being discovered by another child. The Authorities were then notified and firefighters were called in to rescue Terrio. According to witnesses, the firefighters then had to cut open the tube to get Terrio out. “The whole rescue lasted about 20 minutes” said Andrea Cisneros, a Mother of 3 children who was present to witness the whole rescue.
Although no reputable news outlets have reported such an incident, the hashtag #prayforterrio was seen on Twitter.
Lil Terio, sometimes called “Lil Cuzzin Terio,”(and sometimes spelled Terrio) became popular for his Vine videos featuring his signature dance moves to the phrase “oooh kill ‘em!”
Huzler’s description states, “Huzlers.com is a combination of real shocking news and satire news to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief.” The website appeared in late 2013 with fake stories about Sharkeisha, who appeared in a viral YouTube video. More recently, fake stories have claimed that The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania loss was a mistake.
Lil Terio was not hospitalized after being stuck in a Chuck E. Cheese’s tube. That report comes from the fake/humorous website Huzlers.