School district warns of "pass out" game dangers

Posted at 6:53 PM, May 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-02 18:53:55-04

A Western New York school district is warning both parents and students about the dangers of the "Pass Out" game, after student athletes played the game on a school bus.

A viewer contacted 7 Eyewitness News after he says his 14-year-old nephew took part in the game. The viewer explaining a fellow student restricted his breathing by securing a belt around the boy's neck. The Gowanda Central School District confirmed the incident took place on a school bus after a baseball game.

The teen's father says the student is ok, but the event prompted school administrators to take action.

Just days after bus incident district superintendent James Klubek says the entire baseball team was joined by the school nurse, counselor, and school resource officer to discuss the dangers of the act and also the legal ramifications.

"We went over the physical issues of what they were doing including the fact that this could cause brain damage, loss of oxygen to the brain and heart attack," Klubek told 7 Eyewitness News.

The district says they plan to take the message of how dangerous the game can be district wide in the next few weeks.