ANCHOR LEAD: BE ON THE ALERT FOR A DANGEROUS GAME YOUR CHILDREN MAY BE PLAYING. ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
One in five teenagers may be involved in a dangerous choking game that sometimes results in death, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned. Rick Lange, professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins, describes the practice.
LANGE: It may be called the choking game, the blackout game, scarf game, or space monkey. If the child has blood shot eyes, if they have marks on their neck, because oftentimes in the individuals who have died they’ve self-induced this. They’ve used a scarf or a necklace or a rope to induce self-strangulation. If the child has severe or frequent headaches or if they appear disoriented after they’ve spent time alone, or if the parent sees ropes or scarves or belts that are either tied to bedroom furniture or a doorknob or if they find them knotted on the floor, that should at least raise the suspicion that the child may be involved in this game. :35
More teenagers seem to be engaging in the practice alone and are therefore unintentionally killing themselves. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.