((Alright, so! I don't even know if this is the right place to ask, but I hope to hear your thoughts. Sorry for the morbid topic and thanks in advance!))
In a comic I'll eventually draw, there's this 6 year old child that's running for her life from a guard, and her breathing is (naturally) all out of sorts. She's about to faint from exhaustion, so she leans on a wall, giving up, and starts slipping into unconsciousness. The guard that's chasing her catches up to her and grabs her - Important: from behind- from the scruff of her shirt as she's falling over. The guard also kind of yanks her backwards, but the main position is the one after she's yanked, where she falls forward again, and the guard keeps her in place by having a tight grip on her shirt collar.
Just to give you an idea, i made a sketch in Word to roughly show the pose im going for. If it's not very helpful, I hope you at least get a kick out of it!
The second picture is the position that's kept after being yanked back, while the first is momentary.
The guard wraps their hand around the shirt's collar, so the grip is tight against the kid's throat and doesn't allow for much movement (though I want to point out, the child is exhausted and can't really move even if she wanted to. That's the reason why she doesn't just put her feet below her to properly support her weight.)
One important thing to mention about the position is that, while the girl is still "standing" on the ground, (she's partially on her feet ((but barely))) , her neck/throat essentially supports, say, about 70% of her body weight, in an angle diagonal to the ground.
So, to summarise, we have a small, 20 kg child (or ~40 pounds i think, for the americans here!) that is still catching her breath from running as hard as she can, that is suddenly semi-suspended from her throat in a way that puts pressure primarily to her larynx (or windpipe). The guard has a strong grip around the neck -via the shirt-, but otherwise doesn't do anything else.
What I want to ask is: would the shirt collar act like a makeshift noose in this particular scenario? Would the girl actually feel strangled or would she just be in a very uncomfortable position with a lot of pressure on her throat but otherwise fine? Is her body weight even enough to cause strangling?
If anybody has any knowledge about this, it would immensely help, as this has been bugging me for days and I can't find any concrete information to say it could or couldn't happen!!
(for anyone interested or understandably concerned about all this morbid stuff, the guard chooses not to kill the girl in the end and adopts her. I still want to bring justice to their first meeting though, even if it's anything but happy!)
A big thank you to anyone who managed to reach the end of my ramblings!!