FRANKLIN, N.C. — School leaders in one North Carolina county are warning parents about the resurgence of something called “The Pass-Out Game.”
WLOS reported that Macon County school officials claim students hold their breath or hyperventilate until they pass out to get a temporary sense of euphoria.
“The students basically just hold their breath or hyperventilate and then blow on their thumb or something like that and it causes them to pass out,” said Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin, according to WLOS.
Baldwin said a middle school student participated twice Thursday while on a school bus. The boy was said to be okay, but the practice can lead to seizures, strokes, and even death, according to Baldwin.
Medical professionals said teens do this, often losing consciousness, to get an adrenaline rush or high. But just doing it once, can reportedly lead to memory loss, seizures, strokes, brain damage, or worse.
Western North Carolina has seen two deaths from the game and many more statewide, according to WLOS. The school system has put up a warning on its Facebook page to parents.