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.