INDIAN LAND, S.C. (KDKA) — A South Carolina family is reaching out, warning other parents, after they say their son died playing a “terrible game.”
In an emotional Facebook post, the 11-year-old’s father explains that his “funny, smart and amazing” son Garrett died last Wednesday as the result of “something called the Choking Game,” citing the Lancaster County Coroners office.
He says the game is played by kids cutting off their airwaves “just enough to get a sense of euphoria.”
“We do not know where Garrett learned this, but the logical source would be from other kids in school, or in our neighborhood,” Garrett Pope wrote. “Our tablets and computers show no online research that he might have done.”
Pope goes on to insist that his son’s “senseless death was not intentional.”
“Please talk about this with your kids, and do everything you can to prevent a similar tragedy. He was so young and impressionable, he didn’t know what he was doing, and made a terrible mistake,” he finishes.