Police Issue Warnings After Teen Dies in Choking Game

March 5, 2006 - Posted at 1:14 p.m. CST

WHITEFIELD, N.H. (AP) _ When school resumes tomorrow in

Whitefield, New Hampshire, students will get warnings about a

dangerous game that claimed the life of one of their classmates

last week.

Rodney Webster, the eighth-grade class president at Whitefield

Elementary School, died while playing what's called ``The Choking

Game.'' It's a dangerous activity in which people choke themselves,

sometimes with a rope or belt, to deprive the brain of oxygen so

they can reach a brief rush when blood flow is returned.

Whitefield Police Chief Bill Colburn and school officials have

created pamphlets outlining the danger of the game, which will be

distributed when students return from winter break tomorrow.

Webster's mother, Lori, says she hopes making people aware will

avoid other deaths.

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