A young boy died this week after it is believed he played the on-line ‘choking’ game which is still sweeping social media.
According to Karnel Haughton’s friends, the game involves placing your hands around your friend’s neck or tying something around it to starve the brain of oxygen causing the player to pass out and can take as little as five minutes to play from start to finish.
The principal at Karnel’s school, Harry French urged all children out there to be aware of the game and the consequences. The 12-year-old was taken to hospital but despite their best efforts the boy died later that day.
Karnel’s devastated parents have set up a GoFundMe page to help with the funeral costs.
According to the Culture Of Safety website there are warning signs to look out for in children that may already be playing this deadly game and although this game takes less than five minutes from start to finish, it can be extremely difficult to catch children in the act of playing it:
- Discussion of the choking game with friends or siblings
- Bloodshot eyes;
- Unexplainable marks on the neck;
- Frequent, severe headaches;
- Disorientation after spending time alone; and
- Ropes, scarves, and belts tied to bedroom furniture or doorknobs.
Spreading awareness is key to help other parents stay vigilant. Sharing the slang terms and signs to look out for are really important as so other parents have the knowledge to address any concerns and halt if spreading further.
Common slang terms for the Choking Game are:
- The Good Boys Game
- Fainting Game
- Dream Game
- Funky Chicken
- Space Cowboy
Just last year in February, Jack Pickles aged 14 was found unconscious by his mother in his bedroom and later died. Paying tribute to her son, she said: ‘Jack was my best friend. We just did everything together – shopping, wrestling, holidays and days out.
If you are concerned about your child, there is a website called Games Adolescents Shouldn’t Play (G.A.S.P) that can give you more information.
The game is so widespread that there is even an awareness day dedicated to helping parents stay informed and up to date about this deadly craze.