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Choking Game Death Spurs Parents To Learn More
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Choking Game Death Spurs Parents To Learn More

ALPHARETTA-- Parents of children in Fulton County are meeting Monday night at 7pm and the Milton Center to learn more about high risk behaviors including something called "the choking game" after a 13 year old died last month.

Sanders Marshall attended Webb Bridge Middle School.  His parents say he was a well liked, outgoing, athletic kids with good grades and a great attitude.   That's what makes his death so hard to understand.

On the evening of February 16th Sanders went to his room.  His mother found him dead hours later from asphixiation.  She and her husband now say he died of the choking game--purposely cutting off blood supply to the brain for a quick high. 

The choking game is often done in group setting with kids "choking out" out eachother.  When kids try it alone they can use belts, rope or clothing to try to hang themselves into temporary unconsciousness.  Authorities say unfortunately that often results in death that is later ruled "accidental' or wrongly labeled as suicide.

"I think it happens more than we ever know about," said child psychiatrist Dr. Ashraf Attalla.  He offered to come into the Fulton County School District and talk to parents.

"We've seen a number of children die playing the choking game and parents need to know this happens to all kinds of kids.  Often it's about peer pressure--doing it because other kids are.  Sometimes children are curious and think nothing will ever hurt them," said Dr. Attalla.

Sanders Marshall's parents are not attending the meeting, but support the idea of giving parents as much informtion as possible about something they admit they knew nothing about.

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