The Council of PTAs is a strong advocate of student safety and
throughout the year sponsors community presentations. A very informative
presentation was that of Vic Pirtle on "Youth Trends". One of the
many things that were discussed was "The Choking Game". "The Choking
Game" has also been called space monkey, fainting, pass-out game,
black-out game, American dream, flatliner, space cowboy, knock out,
gasp, rising sun or airplaining.
Those playing the choking game attempt to achieve a brief high by
stopping the flow of oxygen-containing blood to the brain. Children or
young adults sometimes choke each other until the person being choked
According to one website, more than 50 children nationally,
have lost their lives to the choking game in one year alone.
Symptoms of this dangerous activity. Watch for the following:
Unexplained marks or bruises on the throat
Frequent or severe headaches
Unexplained cuts or bruises caused by falling
Belts, leashes, ropes or shoelaces tied in strange knots or found in
Disorientation after spending time alone
Locked bedroom doors.
Visit these websites for more information:
'Choking Game' A Deadly Trend: Teens Sometimes Suffocate Selves Seeking
High; Problem Growing