Fatal High

1 decade 4 years 1 month ago Thursday, February 23 2006 Feb 23, 2006 Thursday, February 23, 2006 5:32:37 PM CST February 23, 2006 in News

The choking, or pass-out, game cuts off oxygen to the brain. Kids do it to themselves because they're bored or curious, without realizing the danger.

But, this game's not child's play. At least a dozen kids across the U.S. have died of self-inflicted asphyxiation in the past year.

"It's just like driving fast," said Ann Landes, a guidance counselor at Columbia's Hickman High School. "They know that sometimes accidents happen, but they don't think it's going to happen to them."

But it happened to Kimberly Wilson, an energetic, soon-to-be sophomore at Veritas High School in Lawrence, Kan.

Her parents say they had no idea.

"We were a very close family. We did not know," said Tim Wilson, Kimberly's father. "There again we're coming out because we did not know this thing existed. We didn't know it was out there." 

But , it's been out there for generations.

"I think we started playing it when I was about, I'd say, 10 years old, and I'm the oldest," said Alex Struve, now an MU senior. "And we kept on playing it until I was about 14, about four years."

The deadly game often starts as a group activity. But the real danger happens when kids get addicted.

"Indication says that addiction leads to doing it alone," said Tim Wilson. "And doing it alone is when you'll probably, when it's most dangerous. So Kimberly was alone when she died."

When kids do it alone, they use everyday objects to get high. Kimberly's mom found her with a bicycle chain around her neck.

"At first, I thought she was playing around, because she played around a lot," said Carol Wilson. "And, very quickly, I saw that there was a problem. And then I just thought that it was something foolish that she was doing and I felt like she was tricked. That she wouldn't do something that would harm herself."

Unfortunately, there are few warning signs. Parents should make sure their kids don't spend too much time alone. Parents also should watch for bloodshot eyes and strange bruises or marks around a child's neck. Even if kids survive the choking game, there are other dangers.

"I did it at work once when I was 16," said Struve. "They said they were going to catch me, and they didn't catch me, and I ended up falling on the tile floor and busting my eye open."

Cutting off oxygen to the brain can also lead to severe brain damage.

"I think parents are the point person and the schools can support that through education," said Landes.

Education about a game that's not worth playing.

"It seemed like she died for something that could have been avoided," added Tim Wilson. "That if the dangers were known, we could have talked about it. And that's something that we'll just never be able to get back."

Authorities have recorded no recent deaths in the KOMU viewing area because of the choking game. But, records aren't clear if it's killed kids in the past. We do know this activity is probably happening in your community.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - This is the first week Columbia Public Schools is delivering meals for students as school is held at... More >>
30 minutes ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:50:00 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
DC —Senators Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley joined a bipartisan group of 121 members of Congress in sending a letter... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:15:00 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
In this COVID-19 town hall, KOMU 8's Emily Spain talks with Andrew Zumwalt about the stock market's roller coaster ride... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:34:00 AM CDT March 31, 2020 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri Police Department hasn't received any reports of scams related to COVID-19, yet. But in... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:30:31 AM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Lakota Coffee was broken into Monday night, according to a Facebook post by the company. "We... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10:39:00 AM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU 8 News... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 9:17:00 AM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - On March 1, daily life in Columbia looked a lot different than it does today. People were... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 4:00:00 AM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
TROY (AP) — An eastern Missouri sheriff's department has reached a $2 million settlement with a man who spent more... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 8:23:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Governor Parson said during his daily press briefing on Monday that it could be 60 to 90 days... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 7:05:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA— MU students will have from May 18 to June 5 to decide whether to report their grades as letter... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 3:50:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Six restaurant owners gathered together to provide "scrappy meals" for those in need due to COVID-19 on Monday... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 3:35:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The owner of downtown Columbia’s Broadway Diner said he’s been able to provided more than 300 meals in... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 3:32:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU 8 News... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 2:38:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The stay-at-home order in Boone County isn't even a week old, but the city of Columbia says they've... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 2:18:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Amid concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, Missouri's Supreme Court is allowing for leniency in sentencing. The... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 2:10:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - School administrators said the earlier issues with Schoology have been resolved. The online platform teachers and students... More >>
1 day ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 11:09:00 AM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools have announced a grab-and-go meal delivery service for students in need, as schools remain closed... More >>
1 day ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 5:15:00 AM CDT March 30, 2020 in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 60°
2pm 65°
3pm 65°
4pm 63°
5pm 63°