Choking Game Kills Cary Teen, Friend Creates PSA

By: Natalie Kaplan Email
By: Natalie Kaplan Email

A deadly game is making its way into some of our kid's schools, bedrooms, and pastimes. It's being dubbed the good kid drug, more commonly known as the choking game. A dangerous activity that can kill and has here in North Carolina.

On November 2nd, 15 year old Kris Marceno died while playing the game which sprang one of his best friends into action.

Sarah Huck created a 1 minutes public service announcement, the video is part of the Raleigh teenager's goal to get the message out about the deadly game that killed Marceno.

Huck told WITN, "What they do is they choke themselves and when they let go the blood that they've blocked to their head rushes to their brain and for one kills brain cells and two gives a sort of high, similar to spinning around in circles all the time. This for one thing gets really hyped up, if you're talking to your friends and are like this is the new cool thing to do. Also, it's free, you don't have to find someone to give you drugs, you can just use things around your house like a dish rag or something."

That's exactly what Marceno did. He was discovered by his little sister with an electrical cord tied around his neck back in November. First believed to be a suicide, Marceno's friends quickly fessed up about what he had been doing.

Marceno's death is what prompted Huck. She wrote, produced, directed, and edited the one minute public service announcement to let other kids know how dangerous the choking game can be.

Since Sarah posted her PSA online it's been watched about 2,000 times. Viewers even post comments about how they've played the game and say it's just not worth it.

Huck hopes kids watch the video and read the comments, in memory of Marceno and in hope of preventing something like this from happening again.

"I just think he would feel the same way as I do, you don't want someone else to lose a friend."

If you're nervous your child might be playing the choking game watch out for bloodshot eyes, or unexplained bruises. Plus, check your kid's internet history, many are learning about the game while on the computer.

You can watch the video below.

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  • by E Location: N on Oct 29, 2009 at 04:20 PM
    Hhahaha todays kids are dumb because they listen to rap, talk on the cell phone, and get tattoos...I listen to rap, although country is my favorite, i have a cell phone, and i have a tattoo...i also am about to get my bachelors degree so id like to know how any of those effected my intellegence...? If your a bad parent it doesnt matter how smart your kid is....take responsibility for the way your kid acts
  • by C on Jul 15, 2009 at 11:21 AM
    I'm always hearing about how today's kids are so much smarter than previous generations. But here's yet one more thing kids do today [in addition to rap, constant cell phone use, and tattoos] that makes that a dubious claim at best.
  • by Helen Location: eastern NC on Jul 15, 2009 at 09:18 AM
    To Kris's mom - I am sorry for your loss and you have my deepest sypathy. To everyone else, you need to know that it is not only kids choking themselves, but other kids choking kids - it is called The Passout Game and is the very same thing. We almost lost a child here in town because of it but lots of the kids are doing it.
  • by Anonymous Location: Cary NC on Jul 13, 2009 at 11:01 AM
    I happen to be the mother of Kris Marceno.. The boy that the PSA is about.. I would like to say that Kris was a very smart kid who made a bad choice. I do not believe at all that he got what he deserved.. Whoever wrote that should no better...
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jul 9, 2009 at 03:54 PM
    I know I'm an old fart, but when I was growing up kids played games outside, softball, kick the can, chase, hide and seek, chase the cat, dog, what ever we were out side not setting on a couch playing video games. My mother (who worked) cooked dinner each evening, we ate together, I helped clear and clean the dishes. I never spent time in my room until bed time. I had chores. Driving around now I never (almost) see kids playing outside. How many schools have recess anymore. It all boils down to kids are not allowed to be kids. Thanks Sarah you are a service to your friend, community, state and country.
  • by B Location: NC on Jul 9, 2009 at 01:20 PM
    You are absolutely right!
  • by poohda Location: washington nc on Jul 9, 2009 at 01:17 PM
    dragon it's just not white kids doing this, my heart goes out to the teen family. May God bless his soul. People just doesn't think of the consequences at times.
  • by To Dragon on Jul 9, 2009 at 11:57 AM
    Speaking as a teacher, I have witnessed my fair share of adolescent stupidity and I can tell you that imbecility spans all races.
  • by Dragon on Jul 9, 2009 at 11:16 AM
    Why do white kids do this?
  • by Mom on Jul 9, 2009 at 08:37 AM
    Thank you Barb for your post.
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