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School principals, police respond to 'choking game'

The following letters are being sent home this week to students enrolled in all schools operated by the Algoma District School Board. Be sure to click on the link to read the letter from Sgt. Jane Martynuck of the Sault Ste.
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The following letters are being sent home this week to students enrolled in all schools operated by the Algoma District School Board. Be sure to click on the link to read the letter from Sgt. Jane Martynuck of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service, which contains more detailed information about this dangerous game and how to tell if your children are playing it. Similar letters are being distributed within the Huron Superior Catholic District School Board.

********************* 2006 01 27

Dear Parents:

Children are often great imitators and have high levels of curiosity. This curiosity helps them explore and learn, and is generally a positive aspect of their growth. On occasion however, their attempts to explore or experiment can put them in harm's way.

It is our role as parents and educators to help them set limits and provide guidelines during their lives so that they do not put themselves in harm's way or make poor choices.

Sometimes students imitate dangerous fads or other risky behaviour, which can be glorified in media or society and are harmed as a result.

Students may also explore the use of harmful substances or may initiate dangerous behavior in an attempt to create excitement to seek a thrill.

Recently a game called 'the choking game' has come to our attention as one in which there is potential of serious harm.

Please consider reading the attached letter from the police and discuss it with your child to help ensure that your child or child's friends do not become a victim.

Together, we can help ensure the safety of our children in a positive environment.

Sincerely,

Robert Cole Superintendent of Education Algoma District School Board

******************* Letter from Sgt. Jane Martynuck The 'choking game' that cost Kelly Larocque his life






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