Panama City-- The “choking game” is really not a game. Adolescents put pressure on their necks, cutting circulation and hoping to get a euphoric feeling until they eventually pass out. Albert and Edith Riley want all parents to be aware of the game so no other family has to go through what they are.
"I just can't visualize him not being here," said Edith Riley.
Brent Swygert had just turned 12. He was looking forward to an upcoming trip to Disney World with his grandparents. They were watching him at his home in Alpharetta, Georgia last week.
"He and I were sitting on the couch, watching cartoons, talking about what we were going to do at Christmas time," said Edith Rilley, Brent’s Grandmother.
Minutes later, Brent’s sister found him hanging in his closet with a cloth belt around his neck.
"I took him down and gave him chest compressions and looking at him, I just couldn't believe it," said Albert Riley, Brent’s Grandfather.
Brent's family didn't know about the choking game until the coroner told them.
"The coroner told us that they had two other kids the same night. One was 13, one was 15," said Edith Riley.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says at least 82 kids died in the last decade from playing the game.
"We always tell them about drinking and driving, not to drink and drive. Pedophiles, stay away. Don't talk to strangers," said Edith Riley.
The riley's are pleading with all parents to add the choking game to that list.
"There's nothing I can do for Brent at the present time. But I’m just making other parents aware and the grandparents of what's going on," said Albert Riley.
About two years ago, Bay County Officials saw a rise in the number of local students playing the game. Major Tommy Ford with the Bay County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday they seemed to have stopped it. But Ford says it's crucial parents make sure their children are aware of the consequences.