INDIAN LAND, S.C. (WBTV) – Eleven-year-old Garrett accidentally killed himself Wednesday while playing the “choking game.”
That’s where kids cut off their airwaves just enough to get a sense of euphoria.
Garrett just started middle school. One of the attached picture is his first day of 6th grade.
Garrett Pope, Sr. and his wife, Stacy, didn’t know about this horrible trend and are now left planning funeral services for their oldest child. They wrote something on Facebook tonight. It has been shared hundreds of times.
Garrett Sr. said while being utterly devastated, they’re also floored by what parents across the country say about similar horrific experiences.
“People need to know about this,” Garrett said. “It’s not a ‘game.’ It’s senseless. We need to speak up.”
Garret Jr. had just started to play football this past Tuesday. He wanted to go to Clemson. His parents said he was funny, smart, an amazing older brother and a great son.
“There are a lot of rumors out there about what happened, and my family wants to share some words of caution,” Garret Sr. said. “The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office determined this was an accidental death. We do not know where Garrett learned this, but the logical source would be from other kids in school or in our neighborhood. Our tablets and computers show no online research. We know this was not intentional. He didn’t know what he was doing. He just took this ‘game’ too far. We are crushed.”
Garrett Sr. has already spoken to the school principal to make sure teachers are aware, too.
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