NC Teen Makes Choking Game PSA

A high school sophomore in North Carolina is producing a public service announcement about the dangers of the so-called "choking game" after one of her friends died.

WRAL-TV reported Tuesday that Raleigh Charter High School student Sarah Huck wrote, directed and is producing the PSA. It warns teens against choking themselves or allowing a friend to do so in an attempt to pass out. The oxygen deprivation is believed to produce a euphoric high.

Huck decided to make the PSA after Enloe High School sophomore Kris Marceno died Nov. 2. The 15-year-old had tied an electrical cord around his neck and attached the end to a bunk bed.

She hopes local television stations will air the PSA, which she plans to complete in May.

To read more about the Choking Game, including to help parents recognize the signs that children could be involved in this dangerous and deadly behavior, click here.

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  • by ace Location: plymouth on Mar 19, 2009 at 04:23 AM
    This is one way nature will control the gene pool.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2009 at 07:17 PM
    Pot would be an answer here. It almost passed in 1974, but was protested (and bought off, by producers and distributors of alcoholic beverage. Pot is a natural and soothing herb. The Indians (in a peace pipe) have done it forever, and it would eliminate a lot of crime.
  • by History Repeats Itself Location: NC on Mar 18, 2009 at 03:57 PM
    Actually the "choking game" is nothing new. I had friends that did this in the late 80s- early 90s. Just never alone with a rope and never long enough to cause death.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2009 at 02:33 PM
    Choking game?? we call that "hanging" everywhere I have been!!
  • by Chris Location: Windsor on Mar 18, 2009 at 02:32 PM
    This has nothing to do with "stupid" kids, and EVERYTHING to do with the type of society we are living in! What ever happened to a case of beer and a joint someone ask?? those were STUPID things back then, now kids are far more advanced and have access to more information than any of the 30-40 year olds today had, which is basically OUR children now. It will only get worse as time goes on and as kids have more access to things that we really could do without in our society.
  • by william Location: rocky mount on Mar 18, 2009 at 01:49 PM
    Amazing how human risk grows exponentially ever year. I believe it has something to do with what awaits in the future. Looking forward to a long life of working for the man,crime riddled society, global wars, political corruption, endless taxes, bills, being way over your head in debt? Kids today grew up with this sort of thing; us boomers grew up when things were looking better. What do they miss if they don't make it? Their friends will make me them a martyr. As far as letting someone else do this to you, how do you know they will stop? The "smell of blood" has always been a driving human force.
  • by HUh on Mar 18, 2009 at 10:24 AM
    I agree with still alive. It just keeps getting crazier and crazier these days. Do these kids not understand what happens when you choke yourself? Of course there is going to be deaths to not think so is naive. Everyone who reads this and has teenagers please talk to them and make sure they know how dumb this is.
  • by betty Location: cortland on Mar 18, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    This is just plain sick. What is wrong with the teens today? No respect for themselves. God help them all.
  • by Still Alive Location: Somewhere Over the Rainbow on Mar 18, 2009 at 09:07 AM
    Stupid, stupid, STUPID kids. Whatever happened to a case of beer and a couple of joints?

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