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DSP Warns Parents, Family of Iowa Boy Discusses “Choking Game”

Yesterday Keri was able to do a Skype interview with a news station from Delaware. Below is the print version of the piece and here is the link where you can view the whole story and watch the video.

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) – There’s a renewed warning for parents after a Kent County teen died in what’s being called a “tragic accident.”

WBOC reported Monday a 14-year-old Felton boy died over the weekend.

Delaware State Police are not commenting on the specifics of the case. But troopers are urging parents to talk with their kids “about games that have a person tie an object around their neck to the point of passing out to obtain a euphoric high.”

The activity goes by a lot of names. It can be called “Pass Out Challenge,” “Space Monkey,” “Black Out Game” and most commonly “Choking Game.”

It’s been around for years but has seen a recent resurgence in popularity through social media. It’s a very serious, very dangerous activity that has claimed the lives of many kids nationwide, like that of Joshua Engle, an Iowa boy. Engle died three years ago playing the choking game. He was 13 years old.

His sister Keri Anderson remembers seeing her dad and mom right after they found Joshua.

“She told me he was gone and he can’t come back. My dad kept saying my brother’s eyes were glazed over. He could tell he was gone,” she said. “Once we found out it was the choking game – actually researching and finding out the warning signs and the symptoms – that’s when we really believed this was right in front of us the whole time. We just didn’t know.”

Anderson says recognizing the warning signs is one of the most important things parents can do. Those signs include bruising on the neck, frequent and severe headaches, bloodshot eyes and finding items like belts, ties, scarves left around.

“Unless you know what you’re looking for, you would bypass them and give them a different reason,” Anderson said.

There’s lots of information for parents available online, like YouTube videos showing what happens to the body during the choking game and how it can be deadly.

Anderson says it’s important to talk with kids. And it’s key not to be accusatory.

“I wouldn’t come at them from a defensive side, because that’s when kids are going to shut down and get scared.”

Anderson says it’s difficult every time she hears about a kid killed playing the choking game.

“All the emotions just come back. You know it’s not going to be, but you can get through it,” she said.

Again, DSP has not officially released a cause of death for the 14-year-old Felton boy. He was a middle schooler in the Lake Forest School District. District and school officials sent out notices Monday to families about what happened.

In a 2008 report, the Centers for Disease Control laid out the prevalence of the choking game problem. The report said the “game” led to 82 deaths nationwide between 1995 and 2007. Most of those happened from 2005 on. The majority of the kids killed were boys that were on average between 13 and 14 years old.

In an unfortunate coincidence, Saturday, the day the Felton boy died, was Worldwide Choking Game Awareness Day.

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Be aware, be informed

We are branching out to inform you of the dangers that we have warned our kids about and some new ones that we are learning of. Each time we hear of something new to be aware of we will research it and post about it. We want you to be informed. Here is the link to the new “BEWARE” section of our site.

Blessings from all of us at WFK

Feel free to email us with any topics you would like us to be aware of or discuss.

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Scar Tissue

“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.”
quote by Rose Kennedy
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Sweet 16

Today we would be wishing Joshua a Happy Sweet 16th Birthday! It is hard to think that it was 3 years ago that we celebrated his birthday here with him. I often wonder who he’d be today.

With school starting back up for the year in a couple of weeks we hope that you share the knowledge of the choking game that we wish we would have had. It is real and happening around the world with little to no knowledge of the consequences.

We hope that you would share Joshua’s story and educate your children so that it doesn’t happen to you.

Happy Birthday Joshua, we love and miss you dearly!

♥ WildFarmKids - The Joshua Leo Engle Family

16th Birthday

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Drop Ripple Wave

A drop of information can save your life  “choking game kills”

Liking this knowledge makes a ripple!

Sharing begins a wave to save others!

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Lifetime presents

… being from small town Iowa, where everybody knows everybody, I have been overwhelmed by questions about the movie that premiers tonight at 8pm on Lifetime. The Choking Game Film is based on the book titled, “Choke” written by Diana Lopez. I am so glad it is coming out to educate parents. I hope the audience understands that the most deadly age is 13 as with my son Joshua. I would have loved to have had this make the network to reach even more people. Not everyone has cable/satellite. 
THE CHOKING GAME airs TONIGHT! 8pm on Lifetime — Miss it? It also airs tomorrow at 12am, 1pm & 10pm…

Blessings on the completed project but now is when the questions will begin… 

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Today we/my family are at a family reunion. We are talking about what has happened since Easter (our last big get together) and I am telling them all to watch the movie so they can get more of an understanding of how Kids get drawn in to try this deadly activity.

Blessings to all of you!

#WildfarmkidsMama

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County Fair Countdown

Joshua Lamb

Hello Followers!

It’s that time again, the countdown to the Polk County Fair held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Around the farm once again, we all hurry and hustle around, the kids are getting their final projects ready and complete for county fair! This is a hard time for our family as the county fair is our week-long “vacation”. All of our family’s hard work is showcased at the fair. Thia year Josi will do a project about the choking game and how education is needed so parents ans caregivers get the right information to pass along to their children. 

This was a week that Joshua loved so much! He was truly an all around 4-Her! His sisters and brothers continue to be active in 4H and most conversations will include memories of Joshua.

We hope that all the 4-hers, FFA members and families have a fun and safe county fair!

♥ WildFarmKids & Joshua Leo Engle Family

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