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.
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