The recent deaths of two young girls linked to the potentially fatal “choking game” has prompted police to issue an alert to parents warning them of the dangers involved with the activity. Angelena Ohanessian, 14, was found sitting “Indian-style” in her closet with a radio cord around her neck on July 28, her mother, Violette Amato Ohanessian said. The Northwest Side girl died from her injuries three days later. This week, another Northwest Side girl, 15-year-old Rebecca Toia, died from hanging connected to the choking game, authorities said. Like Angelena, she died at her home. <snip> “It’s been popular with children who might be getting good grades and are afraid to do drugs, and thinking this is a safe way to get high, which it’s absolutely not,” Grand Central Area Detective Valerie Lymperis said. “It becomes an addictive act, just like drugs.” The behavior is not new — it’s been around since at least the 18th century, Lymperis said — but seems to rise and fall in popularity. Both boys and girls, typically between 9 and 16, have been known to take part, using anything from ropes and bed sheets to hands and other objects to constrict blood flow, then release it, causing a high. Full article and signs to watch for in your children at link. http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/2595232,choking-game-chicago-dangerous-081310.article I had no idea kids as young as 9 are doing this! This sounds much more dangerous than what I've read in other similiar threads. Going to make sure I talk to my almost 8 yr old about this now. Especially since there are some kids he plays with in the neighborhood 2 or so years older than him. Just a few weeks ago he and some friends were playing outside. They had a rope and were joking/playing trying to tie him up. How naive I was to think this was just boys playing cops and robbers. They did ask him to put the rope around his neck but he said NO and came right home and told me. I told a few of the boys parents.... I only remember some kind of variation of this game around someone's chest nothing ever around anyone's neck. Prayers to the family and friends of these two young girls and all parents who have lost their children to this deadly game.