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The Choking Game

So there I am getting out of my car after another day at M/A/R/C Research. After a quick trip to the bottom of the driveway to get the mail, I enter the house to find the kids and Trish. And of course the kids jump on me with excitement. Most likely I toss the mail down and go with them into the playroom where they have been playing Wii, watching TV and pretty much making a mess of the house. It’s what they do and they are very good at it.

A few minutes go by and I see a letter from my son’s school. I notice the letter is from the principal which usually can’t be a great thing. The principal wants to make parents aware of a game that is sometimes played in schools called "The Choking Game." I think I recall hearing about it but didn’t know much about it. The next day I am reading the local newspaper and read the headline "Youth Choking a Deadly High." As I read the article, it is pretty much describing what the principal’s letter said the prior day.

The article states that people who participate in The Choking Game cut off blood circulation to the brain. They do this by self-induced choking, hanging themselves or having their friends push on their chest. What happens next is when the pressure is released, blood rushes to the brain which in turn can cause a high for the person. This in turn can be something that kids get very addicted to. I did a little research (thanks Google) and apparently this game (to my ignorance) has been around for a while and a number of kids have died across the country.

  • Have you heard of this before today?
  • Did you also receive a letter from your kid’s principal?
  • As a parent, I am very concerned. Any signs we should look for with regard to our kids?

I TRULY HOPE THIS POSTING HELPS AND EDUCATES ONE READER. IF SO THAT WILL REALLY, REALLY MAKE MY DAY

I look forward to your comments being shared.

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