By: Erica Byfield
CALLOWAY COUNTY, Ky. - Iinvestigators in Calloway County say it's too early to rule out what's known as "the choking game" as they look into the death of an 8th grade student this week.
Different versions of the choking game have been around for years and despite countless warnings kids all across the country are still playing it. "The hurt that it put on that family, that momma, that daddy it is pitiful" said family friend Sheila Crouse.
Two days after the death of a Calloway County eighth grader Crouse reflects on the devastating loss "I love them; they've been my angels for five years now." She's spent time with the girl's family since the discovery of her body hanging by a belt Monday evening.
Crouse says their daughter's shocking death is crippling the family and she hopes everyone learns from their tragedy. "Please don't do this because it's so hard on families it's just so hard" said Crouse.
What warning signs should parents look for that could indicate that their student is playing this potentially deadly game? I visited Dr. Thomas Holcomb at Murray State University to ask. "They are not as interested in things, grades may be slip, and they are not interested in their friend's, things like this" he said.