‘Choking game’ spurs talks at Crystal Middle School

By March 19, 2014

SUISUN CITY — Two parents had to rush their children from Crystal Middle School to the hospital Thursday and emergency vehicles were at the school Friday to respond to other incidents involving children playing the “Choking Game,” Mayor Pete Sanchez said of the school where police and the director of the NorthBay Trauma Center will speak Tuesday about the dangers of the game.

Sanchez said he was told the children were all right. The game is known by other names that include Chinese Knockout, Space Cowboy and Purple Dragon.

Registered nurse Heather Venezio, who directs the trauma center, will speak at three sessions that begin at 9:30 a.m. at Crystal Middle School.

Kristen Witt, principal at Crystal Middle School, and Ed Dadisho, chief of police for Suisun City, could not be reached for comment Monday about the incidents or the program planned for Tuesday.

A 2010 report by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the game can cause long-term disability and death among youths. The federal agency reported 82 deaths nationwide attributed to the choking game and other strangulation activities during 1995-2007.

Most victims were boys between the ages 11 to 16, the CDC said.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • Russell V KinzMarch 18, 2014 - 9:17 am

    Oh what fun this is... (sarcasm)

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  • patrickMarch 18, 2014 - 11:50 am

    future nose biters ?

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  • George Guynn, JrMarch 18, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    Looks like a good reason to opt out of the public failure school system!!!!! The school system and the DR don't even admit that President Lincoln was a Traitor and a Tyrant that got 700,000 people killed in an unnecessary and not needed war. Oh, and Pol Phot Pete likes Lincoln too!

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  • Puddin TaneMarch 18, 2014 - 2:46 pm

    Got some bad news for you, George: most people like Lincoln. You'll probably have to go to Dixie if you want to find anyone who likes Booth over Lincoln.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 18, 2014 - 3:14 pm

    GGJ, according to the "experts" and the bible, there were a million people on earth maybe a lot more, before god flooded them like rats and drowned them. The Bush family has collectively killed over a million innocent men women and children. What's your point Sir?

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