The community was in mourning after the news of the reported accidental death of an 11-year-old Elizabeth boy over the weekend of Oct. 13 and 14. According to a letter to parents sent from Kurt …
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The community was in mourning after the news of the reported accidental death of an 11-year-old Elizabeth boy over the weekend of Oct. 13 and 14.
According to a letter to parents sent from Kurt Naber, principal of Legacy Academy, where the boy was a student, the child died at his home as the result of an accident.
“It is our understanding that this accident was related to the choking game, and his parents wanted to make sure that Legacy's parents are aware of this so that no other families need to experience a similar tragedy,” the letter dated Oct. 15 reads. “Our hearts are broken by the loss of a member of our Legacy family, and we understand that encountering this news, along with the reason for it, will not be easy for our school community.”
The family has asked for privacy and space as they deal with the tragedy, the letter reads.
Legacy counselors have offered additional assistance for staff and students.
The Elbert County Sheriff's Office confirmed the death was accidental and there is an investigation into the boy's death. The office is not releasing any more information at this time.
The choking game is an activity in which a person strangulates himself or herself until fainting to achieve a euphoric feeling, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC has stated the activity can cause long-term disability and death among youths.
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