Superintendent: Bernards Township student dies in 'choking game'

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP -

A New Jersey school superintendent says one of his students has died as the result of a choking game.

In a letter to parents and guardians, Bernards Township Schools Superintendent Nick Markarian wrote that the student engaged in a game which is also known as "space monkey," ''fainting game" or "flatliner."

Participants seek to achieve euphoria by briefly stopping oxygen from reaching the brain. The game can be played in groups or alone.

The superintendent recommended that parents talk to their children and review the search history of their media devices.

The name and age of the student who died was not released.

Below is a couple resources that the superintendent provided for parents and guardians to further educate themselves about the risky behavior:

The Associated Press wire service contributed to this report. 

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