The below news segment aired across the country on the very night that Gabriel 'played' this game...
If only we had seen it.... If only I had known...
It's the latest craze for teenagers trying to get high. It's called the choking game where students help each other
pass out. But I-Team 10 found out in a Wayne County village- playing the game has left one teen injured and another in court.
I just wanted to let you know that I spoke to DR. Kim Collins, she is a forensic pathologist for
the state of South Carolina, she is located at the University of South Carolina. She wrote a paper titled
"Suicide under the age of 18." I took a chance and called her. She was very interested in the evaluation of suicide,
and the confusion of asphyxiation activity. She is very willing to look at all the hanging deaths she has, and look
at all info and re-_eval. If she felt she needs to change any, or get more investigation she seems more than willing.
She also gave me names of other Medical examiners who might be interested in hearing our info. Just a little encouragement.
July 30, 2005
This is a note to all who have reached out and written
to Us. Thank you so much for your kind words and for those of you that are sharing your child with us, thank you and know
that we too are on this road with you. Currently I am trying to respond to all of you who have sent e mails; I found today
that some have gone into my 'bulk' folder and I fear I may have already deleted a few.
To my children Elizabeth, Arthur and Samuel, you are so
brave and so kind to me: Thank you for being my children, I love you so much....
To my Family..and there are lots of you... I love you so
To Tammy, Joe, Hunter, Baylee Boo and Laura,
Penni and Dianna ...... The words are frozen in my throat and finger tips... You know what they are......!
To Everyone who has prayed for us and campainged for us..
Who has listened to me go on and on... Thank you....
My Friends and Co Workers ( they are one and the same...)
Thank you thank you and I love you.....
To my precious son Gabriel Harry...... Baby I miss you
so damn much.... I adore you and I thank God you were my child.... I love you beautiful boy of mine.......
Samuel and I taped the Dr. Phil show on September 1, 2005.
Our segment was on the 'Choking Game' and Gabriel's death as a result of playing it. This show titled 'Dangerous Teen Trends' aired on September 27, 2005. I am very grateful that Dr. Phil chose to acknowledge
and warn parents about this deadly game. To Amy Joe, Astra, Galen baby and Russell: Thank you, thank you so much for all that
you have done, and especially for your kindness to Samuel. We will always remember you...
E mails, thoughts and notes
E mail from a Mom who found her child playing....
Last night I was woken by my Labrador. I figured she must need
to go out. When I got up I heard a disturbing noise from my basement. My son was having a sleep-over with three
other friends. One of the boys had talked another into trying "the choking game". When I walked down to see what
was happening, my heart dropped to my stomach. In sheer terror I screamed, "what are you doing?" The boys began
to explain it was a game. I told them how dangerous their "game" was and that I would have to talk with their parents
the next day. After a night of no sleep, I called the local hospital to try to get additional information. The
nurse that I spoke to said she was not real familiar with this game but had seen something about it on the Primetime TV show.
She suggested that I call Children's Hospital to try to get more information. The nurse at Children's Hospital was not
familiar with the game but said she would look into it and call me on Monday if she could gather any information that would
be helpful. I then turned to the web and came across Primetime's story of Chelsea, and then your story about Gabriel.
I printed of the stories and the photos from your web page. When I woke the boys this morning I read them some of the
stories and information I had found. When I shared with them the photos of Gabriel, Chelsea and Jason they grabbed the
pages with the photos and just kept staring at the kids. I honestly feel that once the boys saw the pictures of the
children whose lives were taken from this "game", it made it seem more real. We talked for quite awhile and they all
promised they would not play the choking game anymore. (I hope and pray they will stay true to their word - I realize I will
still need to keep tabs on the situation). My heart goes out to you and your family and
I thank you for putting the time into Gabriel's web page - It touched my life and the life's of four 13 year old boys.
E mail from Linda, a dear friend 08-10-05
I finally got to see the show. I thought it went well.Wish
they could have given you more air time but at least you finally got heard. God willing, more broadcasting will be done
on this subject so the whole world will no longer be ignorant about this. I had fun writing to Sam and then getting
such a quick response. I felt like he was right in the room with us as I read his letter to Drew.
don't know how feasable it would be for you too to come visit, or even just SAM, but we would sure love to have him come stay
here with us for awhile.
Christine is coming to visit the end of the month. she will
stay for 10 days or so. i cant wait to see her. I am so hoping that she falls in love with this place and will move
up here. I don't know how much more she can take. I keep praying that all my loved ones will move this way. Especially
you and Sam.
Are you still at your same job? How are you doing with that in lue of your emotions. Does
the job create a diversion from your thoughts, for the moment, while you are there?
Oh Sarah, how I wish I could
carry your pain for you. Last night I had a very strange dream. You and I were back at your old house
on West ranch road, the boys were 2 years old. Life was like it was back then, only we knew the future. As we
held Gabriel, we knew his destiny. We sat and embrased him, sobbing and feeling the loss already. We charished every
moment with him. It was so wierd.
I can still remember those days like they were just yesterday/ That time,
sharing in your kids lives was so impactful on my life. I feel such a bond with them like they are my own flesh and blood.
I am so thankful that God brought you into my life 13 years ago on a snowy day in Quincy Ca, I will never forget the
day you came driving up to my driveway as I was shoveling snow. You always did have a grand entrance. That day
changed my life forever. Oh how I love you Sarah.
thoughts and prayers are with you every day. talk to you soon....all my love
Linda lou from Malibu