Following the unexpected death last month of a 12-year-old who was playing the "choking game" at his home, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office will host a meeting Monday to discuss community safety.
Gian-Luc Jordan, a student at Mountain Ridge Middle School in Academy School District 20, was an honor roll student, an accomplished swimmer and played soccer, according to a write-up in the Gazette's Fresh•Ink supplement. The writer also said:
The “choking game”, “space monkey”, “5 minutes of heaven” and the “twitching game” are just a few names that many are using to describe a new way of getting high. This game is being played in schools, parks, parties and homes at an alarming rate. Many kids view this game as a way to get high safely and an alternative to taking drugs.
The sheriff's office, in partnership with Falcon School District 49, will provide information for parents on consequences and warning signs of the choking game, D-49 says in a release.
Monday's meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Falcon High School auditorium, 10255 Lambert Road. "Due to the sensitive and graphic nature of the presentation, the material and discussion may not be suitable for younger children," the release advises.