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SPECIAL - The Choking Game - KOAM TV 7

SPECIAL - The Choking Game - Educating parents and teens

Updated: May 13, 2010

By TAWNYA BACH

Your teen may already know what terms like "space monkeys", "airplaning", "rising sun" or "the choking game" mean.

But many parents do not.

What a lot of teens do not know are the dangers.

While there are several forms of "the choking game" the most common involves someone else wrapping an arm around your neck until you pass out.

Kids and even some adults do it for a chance at a cheap high but it is a game that could have serious consequences.

"Death obviously could be the worst thing that could happen," says Dr. Toni Reynolds, the Director of Emergency Services at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas.  "Other than that if you are continually depriving your brain of oxygen on a repeated basis you're going to end up having neurological symptoms, memory loss, those types of things.  It's definitely not a safe practice."

Part 1

Visit a Four State school that has already taken a proactive approach to warn its students and parents of the dangers.

Watch the video

Part 2

Meet a teen who says he took the game too far and wants others to know why he's never going to try it again.

Watch the video

For more information visit GASP - Games Adolescents Shouldn't Play.

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