Dangerous Middle School Game
Several Dover-Eyota Middle School students in 7th grade were given one-day suspensions recently for playing the "pass out game," a potentially deadly activity in which students deprive their brains of oxygen temporarily to achieve a brief sense of euphoria.
According to the Post-Bulletin, school officials determined that one student passed out while playing the game at school, and four other students were either present or assisted.
The entire seventh-grade class were called to an assembly Monday and warned about the dangers of the behavior, as well as the consequences if incidents occurred at school. Engaging in the activity at school will result in an automatic suspension.
Email notices were also sent to all parents in grades 6, 7 and 8. It urges parents to talk to their children about the behavior and to encourage them to tell a parent or school official if they know someone who is doing it.
The activity involves putting pressure on the neck or chest, or self-induced hyperventilation. Students can end up losing consciousness and collapsing. It also can lead to seizures, brain damage and even death as a result of oxygen deprivation.