PRINCETON — A letter was sent out Thursday to parents and guardians of students in the Princeton Elementary School District to make them aware of the “choking game,” which staff recently learned some students were participating in.
The letter was sent out by Logan Principal Mandy Carr, who confirmed that it went only to families of fifth- through eighth-graders. A copy of the letter also circulated on Facebook.
The letter describes the choking game to be when oxygen flow to the brain is cut off with the purpose of experiencing a rush, or brief state of euphoria. The letter warned that if the strangulation is prolonged, serious injury or death may occur.
“Children reportedly do this alone and in groups, both to themselves and to each other. Other names for this type of behavior include, ‘knockout,’ ‘space monkey,’ ‘flatlining’ or ‘the fainting game,’” Carr wrote in the letter.
Carr encourages parents and guardians to discuss this with their children.
She said as soon as the issue was brought to her attention, she felt it was her responsibility to inform families.
“Any issue that arises, we just feel it’s our responsibility to inform our parents and keep that communication open. It’s reinforcing that partnership in helping these children grow up as best as they can,” she said.