Behind the Headlines
Using everything from shoelaces to belts to bike chains, kids cut off the oxygen flow to the brain, which creates a tingling sensation and causes a person to pass out. Children as young as 8 years old have started playing the choking game to get a quick high.
Usually, the unconscious state lasts only a few seconds...but some children never wake up. Dennis and Tricia, the parents of a thrill-seeking 16-year-old, first learned about the choking game in the summer of 2005. But the lesson came too late.