|RE: DEADLY GAMES|
|Wednesday, 29 December 2010 13:06|
Sheriff Paul C. May has released the following information:
RE: DEADLY GAMES
There are lots of different names for it – the “Pass Out Game”, “Tap Out”, “Hangman”, “Elevator”, “Blackout”, and the “Choking Game”. However, they can all have the same irreversible outcome. DEATH! Many kids are not grasping how deadly it can be. Kids call it different names, but what it should be called is dangerous and crazy.
The "choking game" is defined as self-strangulation or strangulation by another person with the hands or a noose to achieve a brief euphoric state. It is a dangerous oxygen deprivation activity that is popular among school aged teens and older children. The object of the "game" is to stop blood flow to the brain until the player passes out.
These games are misunderstood activity causing death and suffering for thousands of families worldwide. It often begins with high-achieving teens choking each other as a way to get high without the risk of getting caught with drugs or alcohol. It ends with thousands of kids dying or suffering permanent brain damage each year.
Young people need to understand that every time this “game” is played, they are destroying brain cells, not to mention the risk of permanent brain damage, seizures, memory loss, broken bones and death.
What Are Signs Your Child May Be Playing?
Parents are encouraged to watch for warning signs that indicate possible participation in this activity...
- Unexplained marks or bruises on neck
- Short ropes, cords, belts, leashes, or neck ties in odd knots or found in unusual locations
- Blood shot eyes
- Complaints of headaches
- Petechiae (tiny red dots) on face or cheeks
- Disorientation after spending time alone
- Unusual demands for privacy or locked doors
- Chat room conversations about game or websites visited
How Can You Talk To Your Child?
Treat discussion of this like that of any other high-risk behavior, like smoking, alcohol and drugs. For example, when talking about drugs, you could say, “Some kids think they can ‘get high’ without using drugs or alcohol by hyperventilating or putting pressure on their chest or neck. This can be just as dangerous and some kids have actually died doing it.”
Sheriff Paul C. May said, “We have not heard of this in Okeechobee yet, but it’s only a matter of time. The more information we put out, the better prepared parents can be on what behavior to look for.”
For any further information, please contact:
Michele Bell, Public Information Officer
Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office
504 NW 4th Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34972