(I don't think this is my 'best' page, but I think it is the "most important" page I've ever done. Please read the description and then talk to your children.
Also, do your own research on this - it is shocking! Thank you. If only one child's life is saved, it's made this page worthwhile.)
A recent tragedy in my family has compelled me to tell others of the dangers of a dangerous trend that children of all ages, including elementary school, have gotten involved in. It is called ‘the choking game', which gives a ‘high' without the use of drugs. Some other names it is known by are: Blackout, Fainting Game, Space Monkey, Dream Game, Suffocation Roulette, Pass-out Game, Flat liner, California Choke, Space Cowboy, Airplaning, Purple Dragon and many more.
Kids call it a game. But THIS IS NOT A GAME. It is a dangerous activity that can kill, and does kill, and recently did kill. Most deaths happen when a child does this while alone, and it results in strangulation. Even if they survive, people who participate are killing brain cells each time they do this. The damage done is permanent and cumulative. In addition, a child choking another child who is injured or dies may be indicted and prosecuted for his part in the death or injury. Believe it or not, youtube and myspace actually have sites where children teach other children how to ‘play' this so-called game. (This is unreal! Those sites should be forbidden – removed)
Please TALK to the children in your life, parents and everyone you know who works with children. Make sure they understand why it is so dangerous to participate in this activity. Ask the schools to teach the dangers of this. There is a petition asking for the D.A.R.E. program to include this asphyxiation information in their curriculum. If you think this is important, please take a look at the petition. If one life of a child can be saved, it makes it all worthwhile. The statistics are horrifying of children who know of this 'game' and who participate in it. (http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/611538404)
My nephew's daughter is now a statistic of this. She had just turned 13 years old and she will be buried on Friday. If only someone had warned her that this is NOT a game, that it can kill you. If only someone had warned her ......
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The picture was taken 2 years ago. I also have a tag with a copy of the newspaper obituary on it.