A mum has warned parents to stop their children playing a deadly game that has claimed the life of at least one young child.
Katy Spence was walking through a park in Kirton, Lincolnshire, when she overheard a group of eight children talking about ‘tap-out’.
In the game, one person is held in a choke hold with their neck squeezed until they almost pass out.
While they are supposed to tap out before they lose consciousness, the game does not always unfold that way, Lincolnshire Live reported.
In 2016 a 12-year-old boy from Birmingham died while playing the game shortly after his mum left the house to pick up fish and chips.
Another boy from America has permanent brain damage after playing the game.
He now requires round the clock care.
Mum of two Katy, from Boston, Lincolnshire, said: “I had taken my nine-year-old son, six-year-old niece and three-year-old nephew to the skate park in Kirton on Wednesday last week.
“I was sat on a blanket reading a book when I heard a group of kids, around 11 years old say that they were going to play the ‘tap out’ game.
“There was a group of around eight of them and they were being loud and quite intimidating.
“I usually would never say something to someone else’s child, but when I heard them say that, I had to intervene.
“I said to them that they shouldn’t play that game, but they didn’t care what I had to say and said ‘are you going to stop us?’
“They just had no regard for the danger they were putting themselves in, when I told them that they could end up in a wheelchair they just didn’t care.”
Katy has urged parents to learn about the game so they can stop their children becoming endangered.
She continued: “I told the kids in the park that if they did start playing I would call the police immediately.
“No one should be doing that to each other.
“It’s just so scary from a mothers point of view as it can be so dangerous.
“If they did it out of view, in a forest or a quiet park and something went wrong the consequences could be disastrous.
“Parents need to be aware of the dangers and know what games their kids are playing.”