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Sean Hill Dies From Playing 'Choking Game,' New Teen Craze

| by Michael Allen
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Sean Hill, a ninth grader, died on April 26 while playing the so-called "choking game" in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Hill was a student Discovery Canyon High School, reported KDVR.com.

Hill's family released a statement through the Academy School District-20: “Sean died accidentally while experimenting with what’s commonly referred to as the ‘choking game.’ [His family] has asked us to encourage you to please make safe decisions.”

"They could have seizures, they could have serious long-term injuries including brain injuries, and we've seen children die from this," Dr. George Hertner told KOAA.com.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the choking game is played mostly by teens to get a momentary high and pass out, but sometimes it ends tragically.

However, even deaths from the choking game have not dissuaded some teens from doing it and placing a video of this bizarre fad on the web.

The CDC also says that 87% of victims who die playing the game are boys, and most are alone when death occurs. Parents are advised to look for symptoms such as: bloodshot eyes, marks on the neck and disorientation.

Since no drugs or potential jail sentence are involved, young people see it as a safe and natural way to get high.

Sources: KOAA.com, KDVR.com, Centers for Disease Control