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Self strangulation by hanging from cloth towel dispensers in Canadian schools
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    Yes, this is an old game

    Dear Editor

    In 1977 in London, Ontario, when we were only 12 years old, my 'girlfriends' and I used to play a similar game as the 'choking game' in the school bathroom. We would each take turns helping each other 'faint'. It started with deep breathing until we were dizzy, then with arms around your abdomen from the rear; someone would squeeze you until the next recollection was waking up with a tingling sensatio...

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    Re: An old game

    Dear Editor

    I don't remember a time this game did not exist. I recall kids playing it in the early 1950's in Calgary, AB. Nor did it ever go away. It didn't have any hip street name back then nor was it called a game. It was just "Hey, let's do the thing(s) that made you pass out." It was done for the cool feeling we would now call a rush. I wouldn't do it with anyone because I did not trust anyone. When I got into...

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    An old game

    Dear Editor,

    Like Ann L., I tried this 'game' when I was in grade school. This would have been 1990 in New Brunswick. It was something I learned from other schoolmates, and was relatively common among students of grades 5-6. We used a self strangulation technique where we would grab our neck with palms on either side of the trachea restricting blood flow causing us to pass out. We were eventually caught doing this...

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    I'm 16 years old and have experienced the Choking Game

    Hi my name is Lyndsey, I am 16 and my Mother Cindy recently told me about the choking game. I have had some experiences with this game. The only difference is that my friends and I would call it Black Out.

    How we would start out playing this game is, we would sit on the ground with our knees up and leaning over with our elbows on our knees. We would then take really hard breaths in and out until we couldn't h...

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    The Passing Out Game

    Dear Editor,

    I watched the Fifth Estate program which aired March 15, 2006 and I was saddened to hear of the parents who lost their children but also saddened on how naive our system is to overlook what the truth really is. I felt compelled to call the coroner myself and tell him about my story growing up when we called the Choking Game, the Passing Out Game. My friends and I didn't use objects around our necks...

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    Re: Accidental hangings of our youth must stop REPLY

    Dear Editor,

    I am 42 years of age and believe it or not I used to play that "game" when I was a child in the suburbs of Chicago. From vague memory it was somewhere around 1974 and I was around 10-12 years old? This story really caught my attention. I thought "oh my god I used to do that!" My older brother would have all the kids line up and he'd pick us up by the neck (literally) for maybe 10 seconds and let us p...

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    Accidental hangings of our youth must stop

    Dear Editor,

    Parents need to know this is really happening and it is happening more than America and the world knows because it is not talked about! My boy was the 2nd child this month at Kaiser No. hosp. in Sac. Ca. to die from this! The other I heard was 12 yrs. Old. Accidentally they died!!! Feeling helpless and still loving all four of my children,

    Sarah A. Pacatte

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