Jury awards large settlement in 'choking game' lawsuit

MANNING, SC (AP) Two South Carolina teens have been awarded $500,000 each in a lawsuit over the so-called "choking game" at a Clarendon County camp for children of deployed soldiers or those preparing to go overseas.

Media outlets reported a jury awarded a $1 million verdict Thursday in a lawsuit against Clemson University's Camp Bob Cooper. A Clemson spokeswoman said the school plans to appeal.

Authorities said a 17-year-old volunteer camp counselor choked one boy unconscious and choked another boy until he passed out. Aggravated assault and child neglect charges against the counselor are pending.

The Centers for Disease Control said in 2008 that 82 children had died from the "choking game," a fad popular for the euphoric, dreamlike feeling caused as blood rushes back to the brain.

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