‘Tap-out game’ at Kitchener public school leaves 1 student in handcuffs, another in hospital

Waterloo Regional Police said a student was arrested Tuesday afternoon after another student was injured in a “tap-out game” at a Kitchener elementary school.

Police said they were called by a concerned family member at around 3:46 p.m., a few hours after the incident occurred at Chicopee Hills Public School.

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The officer’s investigation found that a student allegedly played the “tap-out game” to another student, in which the victim lost consciousness before falling and hitting his head.

The tap-out game involves one person choking another until the person being choked is either “knocked out” or passed out.

Police said an ambulance was called around 1:40 p.m. and the victim was taken to Grand River Hospital.

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Police later arrested a young perpetrator and charged two charges of assault.

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“While this is a police investigation involving students, we want parents, families, and the wider community to know that the Chicopee Hills Public School staff were very concerned for the safety of the students and immediately called 911 for medical assistance the school board said in a statement to Global News.

“In cases like this that result in serious injuries, we report to the police. We have also made sure that our student care staff is in the school to work with any students who have trauma or difficulty. “

The board said they hoped no other students would join the game.

A police spokesman told Global News that it was the first time they had been contacted regarding the tap-out game.

“In my opinion, this is the first report we have received from young people participating in such activities,” Cherri Greeno told Global News.

“Of course, this is a matter of concern to us and we wanted to get this information public so that parents and guardians know they can sit down with children to talk to them about it,” she continued.

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Greeno also wanted the children to be aware of the potential problems associated with these activities.

“We want children to know that this can lead not only to serious criminal charges, but also to serious bodily harm and even death.”

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