Muscogee County School District warns about potentially deadly ‘Knockout Challenge’ | Education | Columbus Ledger Enquirer

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Muscogee County School District warns about potentially deadly ‘Knockout Challenge’ | Education | Columbus Ledger Enquirer

The Muscogee County School District has issued a warning about a dangerous game students play that can cause injury or death.

At least six students reportedly have taken turns playing the “Knockout Challenge,” when a person takes multiple quick breaths until feeling dizzy. Then another person presses the participant’s chest for several seconds until the participant passes out. The game also is called the “Passout Challenge.”

Valerie Fuller, the district’s communications director, sent an automated phone message and email blast to parents late Friday afternoon to notify them of the disturbing fad. The email quoted Dr. Joseph Zanga, chief of pediatrics at Columbus Regional Health, as saying, “A student who does this risks his or her health and could die from the challenge or the fall.”

Fuller said in the email, “Please monitor your child’s conversations, Internet and social media access on personal cellphones and computers as they often learn these dangerous practices online, from older siblings or friends. Talk to your child about the serious danger and the real health and safety consequences. Report concerns to school administrators, the school counselor or your family doctor immediately. Encourage students to report any potential health or safety risk behavior to school administrators as the health and safety of every child is priority for all.”

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