The Choking Game

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It has come to the attention of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service that some kids are playing the choking game. We want to inform you on this deadly game that your children could be playing.

What is the Choking Game?

The choking game is not a game. It is a very dangerous activity being done by children. It is a self-asphyxiation whereby a person cuts the supply of oxygen to the brain. Some kids are doing this to each other by compressing the chest activity or even actually choking the person around the throat. Others are doing it to themselves using homemade ligatures. The outcome of his is that the person will pass out due to lack of blood to the brain. Once the pressure on the chest or throat is released the surge of blood back into the brain creates a perceived rush or high. Kids are doing this for that rush or high, which like a drug, can become addictive. Others try it to be cool and fit in or for the risky aspect of it.

Other Names for this Game

This game has actually been around for generations. Throughout the years it has been given different names such as "blackout", "flatliner", "space cowboy", "gasp", "space monkey", "pass out" just to name a few. But, no matter the name, the consequences remain the same.

What are the Dangers?

The dangers of this game include injury from falls, permanent damage to brain cells, stroke, seizures, retinal damage, permanent brain damage, and even death.

Warning Signs

If you notice any marks or bruises on your child's neck, blood shot eyes, severe headaches, angry outbursts, belts or ropes with unusual knots found in your child's room or tied to unusual places like furniture, or a sudden need for more privacy your child may be involved in this game.

What Parents Can Do

Parents should talk to their children about this activity and warn them about the dangers of such "games". Let them know that kids are loosing their lives because of it and if they see someone doing it to get help right away. Do not wait to tell your child about this activity. Kids will rarely come to their parents if they are involved in a risky game. If there is any suggestion that your child is playing the choking game, monitor them closely, alert your child's school and your child's friends parents, remove any items that could be used for this purpose, and seek professional help from the family doctor, counselor, or city police.

If you would like more information on the "Choking Game" please contact Sergeant Ray Magnan at 949-6300 ext. 348 or call Debbie Larocque at 246-2714.