By setting up this cause, we hope to educate adolescents and parents about the dangers of the choking game. Please click on extended info to get the story of how this game affected our family!
On December 27, 2008 our family suffered a great loss. We lost a daughter and little sister from playing ‘The Choking Game’. Her name was Jenny and she was 17 years old. She was beautiful, bright, kind to all, and above all else she was a godly young lady.
We believe that peers may have influenced Jenny to believe that this ‘game’ was her ticket to acceptance and that there was nothing wrong with it. This ‘activity’ robbed Jenny of a long life and left us with a huge hole in our hearts and lives.
So, what is the "Choking Game"? The "choking game" is a dangerous activity that children and adolescents get involved in to get a brief euphoric state, or “high.” They either choke each other, applying pressure to the jugular vein; applying pressure to the chest, while the person being manipulated, hyperventilates; hyperventilating and holding one's breath; or playing alone by using a scarf, fabric belt, rope, etc., making an apparatus (similar to a noose) and leaning into it, attempting to reach this "high" alone! After just a short time, pass-out occurs in each of these instances, leading to killing of brain cells, other dangerous injuries from falls, strokes and even death!
Through our grief, it is the desire of our family to educate adolescents about the dangers of this game and also teach parents, school personnel, church leaders, medical personnel, etc. about warning signs that the adolescent might be "playing". In talking with adolescents, we have found that far too many have heard of this game (estimated 86%) and that far too few people know that this "game" exists!
I strongly urge you to contact us if you would like us to visit your school, church, organization, or simply your child. We are committed to saving as many lives as possible through education.
Jenny's goal in life was to be a Good Samaritan. Through her death, we hope that we can be the vehicle God uses to fulfill this life dream of hers. Please contact us by email if you are interested.
Victoria Dickerson Morgan, Stephanie Surendran and Cheri Hutcherson
1. 86% of adolescents know about this game while only 24% of parents have ever heard of it - see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwc5kCAP8fU
2. Each time this game is played, it kills millions of brain cells.
3. Within three minutes of losing oxygen to the brain, brain damage is noticeable. Between 4 and 5 minutes a person will die.
4. It's estimated that 250 - 1,000 young people die each year from playing this game.
5. Visit http://www.gaspinfo.com/en/home.asp for more detailed information.