Safety Alert: Parents Beware of Children's Deadly Game

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -"I just can't understand why a kid would do this, knowing that it could kill them."

D.A.R.E. Officer Greg Lawson is talking about a deadly game known to kids as "The Choking Game."

In the game kids have another person choke them--cutting off the blood supply to the brain.

In turn, they get a quick buzz or head rush.

"There's nothing illegal about it, but there's always that risk of not waking up," said Lawson.

And that's why doctors say a split second could mean the difference in life and death.

"If you're holding something around your neck, or someone else is choking you...they may not let go at the right time, and therefore death can occur," said Dr. Eugene Izsak.

Now that risk is picking up again in Region Eight, but it's something that's often ignored by parents until it's too late.

"You just don't want to think that your child is going to do something like this. No parent wants to believe their child is out there drinking, or doing drugs, or anything like that. Especially something like this, they just don't want to think that their child is going to do that," said Lawson.

But the reality is unnerving and very dangerous.

So we've come up with some ways you could notice if your child is participating in this behavior.

Things to look for are bloodshot eyes, marks on the neck, severe headaches, and disorientation after spending time alone.

Other things to look for are ropes, scarves, and belts tied to bedroom furniture or doorknobs.

Also unexplained presence of things like dog leashes, choke collars, and bungee cords.

The game also goes by several other names like "Pass Out" and "Space Monkey."

If you suspect your child playing the choking game you are urged to talk to them about the life threatening dangers.

We are told the average age of those playing games of this sort is about 13 years old, and about 70% of all cases involve males.

So far, at least 82 youth have died nationwide as a result of playing this game.

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