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16 April 2010

The choking game

What’s the scariest thing your child could be addicted to? Alcohol, drugs? Think again. There’s a game that’s fatal, and your child could be playing it.

What’s the scariest thing your child could be addicted to? Alcohol, drugs? Think again. There’s a game that’s fatal, and your child could be playing it.

“As far as I am aware there are no statistics available of deaths amongst South African teenagers/adolescents who died playing the choking game, however, it is estimated that up to one third of deaths that are unexplained amongst young people and then described as suicides may be as a result of it,” says Dr Pixie du Toit, Forensic Criminologist and Head of Sinoville Crisis Centre.

  • Inexplicable bruising or red marks on the neck
  • Ligatures tied in strange knots found in unusual places
  • Complaints of painful headaches
  • Wear marks on furniture from previous incidents
  • Disorientation
  • Grogginess
  • Unusual need for privacy
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Changes in attitude, and increased levels of aggression

 
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