10-year-old boy dies after practicing

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On April 9, 2022, a family from the Maroni Valley, residing in Montsinéry-Tonnegrande, lost one of their boys. The 10-year-old child died after inhaling aerosol deodorant. It would be a practice called the “deodorant game”. The mayor of the town, Patrick Lecante, asked for the establishment of a psychological unit in the school attended by the victim.



A deadly challenge. The “aerosol game” or “deodorant game” has arrived in Guyana. Appearing around 2014 on national territory, this dangerous practice consists of inhaling aerosol deodorant to reach a state of intoxication. Saturday April 9, 2022, in the town of Tonnegrande, a 10-year-old boy died.. After inhaling the cosmetic, he went into cardiac arrest. The resuscitation attempts made by the SAMU and the firefighters were not enough to save this child.

I relay the cry of the parents of the village of Tonnegrande, and all those I have had, to say that no one is safe. This is a real disaster for all of us.

Patrick Lecante, mayor of Montsinéry-Tonnegrande

Guest of the 1 p.m. newspaper

The circumstances of death will be determined in more detail after an autopsy. Investigations have begun as part of an investigation. According to the statements of the mayor of Montsinéry-Tonnegrande, Patrick Lecante, the practice has recently experienced a rebound. It is particularly relayed on social networks such as Tik Tok, used by many teenagers.

We know that social networks, in the school environment, affect our young people psychologically. We are talking about harassment and other excesses. Parents should go and see what is happening on children’s laptops and public authorities should be made aware of the dangers of digital technology.

Patrick Lecante, mayor of Montsinéry-Tonnegrande

Guest of the 1 p.m. newspaper

A psychological unit was set up this Monday morning by the Rectorate, at the request of the mayor of Montsinéry-Tonnegrande, for the students and the educational community of the establishment where the victim was educated. “I recall our sacred duty, which is to protect our youth, to hold their hands so that it in turn replaces us in the role of citizen“said Patrick Lecante in a statement released last Sunday.

This is not the first time that such a tragedy has occurred after a teenager practiced the aerosol game. In November 2014, an 11-year-old boy died in the same circumstances. He lived in Nice. Later, in 2021, she was a 15-year-old teenager, in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. These are only examples. This has also happened in other countries, notably in the United Kingdom.

“Games” such as “Blue whale”, “Momo challenge”, “the game of 12 shots” or “the tomato” and many others are particularly dangerous and violent practices. Prevention work, with associations (such as APEAS), has been set up by the Ministry of National EducationYouth and Sports at the national level.

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