For Kevin’s Sake

Today Show “Choking Game” Deaths Story

Posted in Uncategorized by uppendahl on April 24, 2009

If you missed The Today Show’s “Choking Game” story about the needless death of Kevin and other kids, you can read and watch it online by clicking here.

Learn more about risks and prevention of The Choking Game online at

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  1. twelti said, on April 24, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Incredible show, it was worth the trip. Many comments are logged at

  2. flygurlual said, on May 23, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    I was linked to your post by one of my own tags and cried as I read this article. I remembered so long ago that we did indeed play the fainting game in our Lutheran school bathroom in the early 70’s. It existed that many years ago. A teacher even caught us and told us to stop and go back to our classroom, but thought it to be quite harmless. I can’t believe this still continues and now I have a 10 year old son and it is very disturbing to think that this choking game is taking lives and at such an alarming rate. I actually am so grieved about this and there is no young life that will be in vain. I applaud you for exposing this and pray for your peace as you and your family take a stand in your quest to help others.


  3. Mark F and Laurie E Sison said, on May 26, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Thank you Mr. Tork, for coming in to my classroom. My kids are still talking about your story, how you care so much about saving them and how sad it is that you lost Kevin.

    They are forever touched by your kindness and understanding.
    They appreciate you.
    Thank you again. It was nice to meet you.
    ~Laurie E Sison
    Rainier Middle School
    Auburn WA

  4. dk said, on July 22, 2009 at 2:26 am

    Im from England and used to be addicted to this and have only just found out that other people actually do this, i thought i was the only one in the world. The choking game or American dream as we used to call it is highly addictive. i was addicted to it for years i used to walk around school doing it, one after another. i would always do it on my own though i never did it with friends and i never thought of it as a game cuz it wasnt fun cuz you couldnt stop doing it. i used to take a really deep breath and squeeze my neck with the palms of my hands and stop just before i start to black out to get a buzz. But often id wake up on the floor in class or in the middle of the street, very dangerous. After a while you get really bad head aches and it doesnt feel as good but you still feel you need to do it. stopping was as hard as stopping smoking. sorry for your losses

  5. kltork said, on August 21, 2009 at 10:58 am

    thank you to all who have taken the time to read on our beautiful son and comment
    please please please pass this website on to all you know so that we can help our kids understand how serious this is Thank you again, everyone

  6. chistine sené from france said, on February 16, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    i am french,and sorry for my” bad english”.
    chocking game,is international problem; my daughter 8 years old die.
    she don’t want to play this game, but child dont like her because she’s black child adopted;and victim many violence for her, and “put there hands around her “anoxie cerebral,convulsions, oedem cerebral;and ….dead.
    association creat for her .
    (possible traduction with internet)
    i want to say to you:
    “alert…. our child died!”
    “please stop this games, say to children “don’t play this game,so dangerous…”
    contact me.

    • twelti said, on February 17, 2010 at 11:51 am

      hello Chistine Sene, I’m so sorry for your loss. Please dont let language be a barrier for you to post your thoughts here. We are trying hard to put a stop to this. Every bit helps.

  7. Becky Snead said, on September 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Hello to The Tork Family,

    Ken, you and I have “talked” via our support group. I just watched this video and my heart is broken again for the loss of your beautiful son Kevin! I wish I had known about this “game” a long time ago, perhaps it could have saved my 17 year old son, Carl.

    I truly understand your pain and frustration! I hope that you had a better outcome on Kev’s DC than what I am fighting for now…

    Words cannot express the sorrow your family is feeling and I pray that you have found some peace knowing that Kevin is making a difference in other’s lives!

    Only my best for your family,
    Becky Snead
    Carl “Trey” Snead III’s Mom

  8. Jasmine said, on May 17, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Hi, I am a student at a school you visited today. Mattson. About a year ago, one of my friends approached me about the choking game.I told her not to even think about doing it again. I didn’t know exactly what it was at the time, but I think she listened to me. I’m very grateful that you decided to talk to us about this, and thank you. Last time I heard from my friend, she had quit dangerous games and was getting her grades from D’s up to A’s.
    Also, i am a basket ball player, and I am really good at three pointers. I wanted to tell you, my next one will be for Kevin.
    I am a rather shy person at heart, and i wanted so badly to raise my hand and ask if i could get down and give you a hug. I’m sorry I couldn’t bring myself to do so.

    -Jasmine, 8th grade

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