South Carolina Jury Awards $1M to Teens in ‘Choking Game’ Claim

 Tuesday, January 17, 2012

 Insurance Journal

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. The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that a jury awarded a $1 million verdict last 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.