The Choking Game a.k.a. Space Monkey
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, more than one of my local news stations began their broadcast with a story about the Choking Game . It got my attention because I never figured the word choking and the word game could be placed with each other. The Choking Game or Space Monkey is becoming a popular trend among younger children (from the ages of 10 to about 14)- they are using it to achieve some type of high. Personally, these stories have completely freaked me out.
CBS news has reported about two kids, ages ten and thirteen, that have been found dead with a rope around their necks. Although their parents initially believed their children committed suicide, they later found, they were simply playing a game. Sam, brother of the thirteen year old said to CBS, "It's hard to describe how it feels. It's kinda like, just, like, somewhere not on earth, but you're just dreaming, kind of. But then it only lasts for a few seconds and when you wake up … you don't know where you are or what's going on." Sam also said he and his brother had played it several times.
The article also describes the case of Chelsea Dunn who hanged herself from a closet while playing the Choking Game. It seems that Chelsea's death could have been avoided because earlier video recorders caught many of her peers choking each other in the hallways. The young girls caught on tape were suspended for their activity.
They were simply suspended. Why wasn't more action taken- why did the school not sit these kids down and really talk to them. The school could have warned Chelsea's parents- it could have been prevented. It blows my mind that ten year old children need to find a high- that their lives are so uneventful that they resort to hanging themselves.
There is not a lot of information about the Choking Game on the internet. Hopefully, this can provide some clarity. Has anyone else heard about this? or know anyone that does this?