Foolhardy ‘Choking Game’ nearly kills 15 year old

Friday, June 10, 2016

Just because you watch car racing doesn’t mean you should drive a car as fast as you can. If you do, you can kill someone, or you can die. And just because fighters use a rear naked choke on other doesn’t mean you should try it on your friends. If you do, you can kill someone.

And that is what very nearly happened yesterday in Australia. It is called the Choking Game, or Tapout, or Space Monkey. Amanda Abate and Krystal Johnson have the news for Yahoo. The headlock referred to below is a rear naked choke.

A 15-year-old Gold Coast boy almost died from a schoolyard choking game that deprives the brain of oxygen through strangulation.

On Wednesday and without consent, Jamie Cox was wrapped in a headlock, choked to a point where he passed out before he smashed his head on the ground.

The Palm Beach Currumbin High student was rushed to hospital with a fractured skull and a blood clot on his brain. He was placed in an induced coma and woke on Friday completely unaware of what happened to him and asked his parents what happened.

Almost in tears, Jamie’s father Rodney Cox told 7 News his son was in surgery for several hours and there was a chance he wasn’t going to make it out.

“It’s a pretty reckless thing if that is a game,” he said, pleading for students to not take part in it. “He (Jamie) is still trying to come to grips with what’s happened.”

On Friday, Jamie underwent further neurological tests done, which revealed that his condition is improving but there is a chance the game has caused long-term or even permanent damage.

“Things could still arise in days or weeks or months,” Mr Cox said about Jamie’s condition.

Police are currently investigating the situation and the teenager responsible for the act may face criminal charges.

A rear naked choke executed under expert supervision in a gym or competition is not inherently dangerous. However, it can be extremely dangerous if done by one untrained person on another, as seen below.

As you can see, the human body once unconscious is limp, and when dropped the head can hit the floor like a whip.