Another trend among today's youth has an potentially dangerous outcome.
The Space Monkey Challenge, also know as the Choking Game or "Good Kids' High," involves halting the brain's oxygen supply through strangulation. Done alone or in groups, players attempt to obtain this quick high without the use of alcohol or drugs.
"There's no room for a learning curve." stated Dr. Alfred Sacchetti, spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians as reported by Web M.D. "The very first time, you can die."
On October 5, a student from Independence School District in Wisconsin, Ariah Rand, passed out in the school's locker room after attempting the challenge. In this circumstance, the game started when a person bends his/her chest over, inhales a couple dozen times, and then flips up quickly so someone can put their hands over the main participant's chest until he/she faints.
“I thought it was silly, I didn't think anything was going to happen," Rand explained. "So they told me to close my eyes as they pressed on my chest and everything blacked out. And then they said that I was out for like 30 seconds so when I got up I felt really weird, there was a tingling in my hands. I felt really cold and I didn't remember what happened."
As reported by WQOW News, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that grave neurological injuries and death can result from the game. An organization called Games Adolescents Shouldn't Play (GASP) has even created a tally of the individuals who have died after participating in the challenge.
Rand's doctor advised her to be especially cautious after her experience. "She was not to have any excessive stimulation on the brain,” said Denise Rand, the teen's mother. "Such as she was not aloud to listen to any music. The doctor didn't even want her to do homework, watch TV, nothing."
Robert Vanderloop, elementary school principal and director of special education at Independence , wants parents and students to be aware of possible outcomes in order to end this trend. “This behavior does need to stop and so we want kids telling the truth about it," Vanderloop said.