Wednesday, June 19 2024

The “choking game” is a misunderstood activity causing death and suffering for thousands of families worldwide, including families in and around York County. The York County Coroner’s Office is teaming with local school districts to offer an educational program about the deadly game at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 27 at Sullivan Middle School in Rock Hill that is open to anyone in the greater-Charlotte area

According to data available from Erik’s Cause last updated in May 2016, there have been 14 deaths in South Carolina attributed to the choking game or similar “pass-out” activities. Sadly, that figure does not include Carson Steele, of Rock Hill, or Garrett Pope, Jr., of Indian Land. One week after his 14th birthday on June 18, 2016, Carson Steele died from playing the choking game. Two months later on August 31, Garrett Pope, Jr. lost his life to the same game.

In both situations, parents had very little information and awareness of the game that has been played for many years under different names. The educational event on October 27 will ensure you are aware of dangers of the choking game and equip you with information to prevent future senseless tragedies in our communities.

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