Unfortunately we know "too much, too closely" about this. Our 16 year old son, Matthew, also died this way, almost 11 months ago. It makes no difference what kind of background a child comes from. It can't be hidden from kids. They seem to find out. You see, we homeschool our then, 10 children. Matthew was a good kid. He was not rebellious. He "wanted" to go to church. He started working at a dimestore, working for an older couple that treated him like a grandchild. He had paid for his own car. Life was good for him. But he made a terrible mistake that cost his life. He tried the choking game - he lost. We lost a son. His 11 year old brother found him hanging in our bathroom. His 15 year old brother cut him down. As 16 years previously I pushed with all my might to bring him into this world, I breathed all I could breath to put life back into him. But, it wasn't meant to be, and a precious life was ended too short. Now, I hear over and over in the news of yet, another child either dying or becoming injured with this life threatening game. Parents, teachers and children need to be warned of this game - over and over again.
Please keep on with this game. Since you first wrote this there have been several deaths in the news of children dying from this. We need to scare the kids AND parents regarding this.
Loni Vander Stel
Matthew's Memorial Page: http://www.matthewsstory.coml
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