Parents warned about dangerous 'choking game' taking over school playgrounds
8 November 2018, 12:12 | Updated: 8 November 2018, 12:52
Parents are being warned to look out for signs of a new trend sweeping schools across the UK, in which pupils as young as eleven are seen choking each other.
The sickening game, also known as the fainting game, has been around for several years and resulted in the deaths of nine children in the UK in 2010, however it's made a shocking resurgence.
Signs parents are being urged to look out for include, blood shot eyes, complaints of headaches, and unexplainable marks on their child's neck.
Carson Bodkins, 11, is reported to have died at his home in the US last month while playing the game.
Schools have now been forced to reinforce education around the dangerous game, warning kids that cutting off oxygen supply to the brain can result in death, brain damage or serious injury.
A spokesman for Australian health group Queensland Health said: "The risks associated with self-asphyxiation - including death, coma and long-term brain damage - are simply not worth taking."