The Choking Game – Dangerous Game Parents Must Know About
The Choking Game: This dangerous “game” involves cutting off the oxygen supply to the brain through strangulation for a brief high. Some teens have done this using their hands or a noose either alone or in groups.
The Choking Game, also known as the Good Kids High, is defined as strangulation (either alone or assisted) with the hands or a noose to achieve a brief euphoric state caused by a lack of oxygen traveling to the brain.
More than 75% of children between the ages of 9 and 16 know how the Choking Game is played or have played it themselves.
Studies suggest that more than 250 kids have died since 2001; most are well-behaved and successful children ages 11 to 17. Shockingly, only 25% of parents have heard of the game and only 7% of victims’ parents knew of the game beforehand.
Why are kids choking themselves? Kids play the game for a wide variety of reasons. The choking game provides a free and legal high which makes it accessible to anyone and everyone.
Common misconceptions are that there is no real danger and that it is considerably safer than drugs. This is certainly NOT true.
After children try it, they run the risk of becoming addicted to the high. When a child starts playing alone – when most fatalities occur – it is clear the child is struggling with a very serious addiction.
Warning Signs of Kids Playing the Choking Game: In total, the entire game takes less than five minutes from start to finish.
It can be done nearly anywhere and no tools or props are necessary. It can be difficult to catch children in the act. Noticing any of the following indicators and taking immediate action may save a life:
Discussion of the choking game with friends or siblings (see the list of common slang names);
Unexplainable marks on the neck;
Frequent, severe headaches;
Disorientation after spending time alone; and
Ropes, scarves, and belts tied to bedroom furniture or doorknobs.
A recent CDC study analyzed 82 probable Choking Game deaths nationwide over a period of 12 years. The study found that the average age of kids who died was 13, and those who died ranged in age from 6 to 19.
Nearly all of them (96%) were playing the game alone when they died, even if they’d first played it with a group of friends. And 87% of those who died were boys.
Most of the parents cited by the study (93%) said that they hadn’t heard of the Choking Game until their children died.
INDIAN LAND, S.C. (WBTV) – The family of an 11-year-old boy is speaking out after his funeral, warning parents about the deadly game that took his life.
“Somebody is not going to do this as a result of us talking,” said Garrett Pope, Sr. “We won’t know who that is, but as long as it happens – that one other person doesn’t do this – that’s what matters.”
RELATED: 11-year-old SC boy accidentally kills himself playing “The Choking Game”
Eleven-year-old Garrett Pope, Jr, from Indian Land, died while playing “The Choking Game.” This is an activity where children suffocate each other, or themselves, by various methods of strangulation. Some methods have involved using belts, ropes or bare hands.
Stop The Choking Game before it’s too late!183