Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The Choking Game

Another teen dies from this senseless act...
AJC.com
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LAWRENCE, Kan. — A teenager found hanging from a dresser drawer with a coated bicycle chain lock around her neck apparently died while playing the "pass-out game," the girl's parents said.
Kimberly Wilson, a 15-year-old student at Veritas Christian School in Lawrence, died last week.


I don't understand. Someone with common sense tell me what is going on here. These kids are dying...DYING! Why? Peer pressure? 'Cause "it's fun"? Is life all about getting "high"?

Parents, you would do well to teach your kids about death. Yes, I said death. Because apparently they don't understand the value of life.

7 comments:

misawa said...

I'm with you here. Could someone please explain this to me??? I don't recall anything like this when I was a kid. Is there just something about being whatever-teen years old that makes them think they are invincible?

Can we call this what it really is - suicide? I'll grant that a case can be made that a "true" suicide is comitted by a person that sees death as the only way out, so they commit an act of total and complete selfishness and cowardice. The choice is made to play the "pass out game" to get an escape from the real world - is that not what a suicide does also? On the police report, will it say anything different from "self strangulation?"

This is as much a game as Russian Roulette. The choice is made - I'm willing to put my life on the line so that I may feel good/ impress someone/ escape the world.

The most recent victim went to a Christian school, but you are going to have a hard time convincing me that Christ was a central component of her life. For that, I would have some hard questions for the parents.

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Malicious Monkey said...

Oh my.

It makes me wonder where young people get the ideas for these games. It's morbid; they must have some sort of connection with auto-asphyxiation. Man.

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Anonymous said...

You obviously don't understand. It is not about self hurt. It is lack of attention. I know, I did the “pass out” game when I was just 14. When I was a child, my brother was sick and the other brother did anything he could to get attention (i.e. doing anything to get himself in trouble to get attention). Kids do this (passing out or scotch guarding) to feel a high with other kids who have the same feelings. The best thing you can do for your kid is paying attention and give much love to the child. I am sick of the parents who do not understand their children. Remember when you did stuff you regret! We did these things because there was no one there to explain to us that this was not the way to live life or to fit in. Bad examples create bad examples. When a child wants to be accepted, if they do not feel accepted at home they will find it elsewhere. I am not a parent, but I do know teens have a very hard time in the world today. So, all I can say is love and pay attention to all of your children and, if you have to work, make your time at home as special and memorable to your children as you can. Do not bring work or troubles home with you. Leave it at work or in the car and enjoy your children. Thanks

Anonymous said...

You obviously don't understand. It is not about self hurt. It is lack of attention. I know, I did the “pass out” game when I was just 14. When I was a child, my brother was sick and the other brother did anything he could to get attention (i.e. doing anything to get himself in trouble to get attention). Kids do this (passing out or scotch guarding) to feel a high with other kids who have the same feelings. The best thing you can do for your kid is paying attention and give much love to the child. I am sick of the parents who do not understand their children. Remember when you did stuff you regret! We did these things because there was no one there to explain to us that this was not the way to live life or to fit in. Bad examples create bad examples. When a child wants to be accepted, if they do not feel accepted at home they will find it elsewhere. I am not a parent, but I do know teens have a very hard time in the world today. So, all I can say is love and pay attention to all of your children and, if you have to work, make your time at home as special and memorable to your children as you can. Do not bring work or troubles home with you. Leave it at work or in the car and enjoy your children. Thanks