'Choking Game' caused Central Jersey student's death

BERNARDS – A district student’s death was the result of the “choking game” Superintendent of Schools Nick Markarian told parents in a letter earlier this week.

Also known as “space monkey,” the “fainting game” and “flatliner,” the activity involves children – either alone or with others – strangling themselves with the intent of getting a “rush of euphoria” as they regain consciousness, Markarian wrote.

The district has not named the student who died.

“It is important to emphasize that research shows children who experiment with the ‘choking game’ alone often tragically die after the first or second time,” Markarian wrote. “Many of …read more

Source: NJ.com Somerset

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