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Everett boy dies after sandbox accident
seattlepi.nwsource.com ^ | 3/10/08 | AP

Posted on 03/10/2008 6:45:57 PM PDT by paltz

EVERETT, Wash. -- A 10-year-old Everett boy has died in a Seattle hospital after an accident in a sandbox.

A spokeswoman for Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center confirms that Codey Porter died Monday.

In a statement, the boy's relatives say they appreciate "all the support and prayers" they have received and have decided to honor his memory by donating his organs.

Codey's family said earlier that the TV cartoon "Narutu" gave him and his friends the idea of burying him head first in a sandbox. They thought he was joking Saturday when he struggled.

Sheriff's deputies questioned the five children who were playing with Codey and say it was a tragic accident.

Codey was a fifth-grader at Silver Firs Elementary in Everett.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: playground; sandbox; washington

1 posted on 03/10/2008 6:45:57 PM PDT by paltz
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To: paltz

It sounds like they did it on purpose.


2 posted on 03/10/2008 6:48:58 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: paltz
Tragedies:

1. Young innocent boy killed senselessly.

2. Kids too stupid to realize that what happens in cartoons doesn't happen the same way in real life.

3. Parents naming their son 'Codey'.

3 posted on 03/10/2008 6:51:06 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: paltz

I wonder why a 10 yo would struggle. Are they not strong enough to pull their head out of the sand. The story is written as though the parents thought he was joking as he struggled.
Very weird.


4 posted on 03/10/2008 6:51:26 PM PDT by svcw (The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.)
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To: paltz

It’s tragic that the boy died, but you’d think that by the time kids were 10 years old, they’d realize you can’t do all those things they show in cartoons.


5 posted on 03/10/2008 6:51:34 PM PDT by Amelia (Cynicism ON)
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To: AppyPappy

5th graders are smarter than this........dang !


6 posted on 03/10/2008 6:51:36 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: AppyPappy

They did, although the (surviving) kids say it had been the (now dead) kid’s idea. I’d be curious to know what the age ranges were. Any kid over 7 or 8 should know better than to bury anyones head.


7 posted on 03/10/2008 6:52:45 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us nature wallpapers)
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To: svcw

Were they holding him down?


8 posted on 03/10/2008 6:52:50 PM PDT by bubbacluck
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To: paltz

I can see now that Washington’s congressional representatives will immediately take up the “Sandbox Registration Bill”. All sandboxes will be required to have “sandbox locks” installed and individuals less than 21 can’t play in them any longer. In fact, Seattle will likely institute a “buy-back” program to get these evil things out of the hands of irresponsible owners. It’s all “For the Children”.


9 posted on 03/10/2008 6:53:00 PM PDT by TexasRedeye (Eschew obfuscation)
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To: AppyPappy

Kids don’t get it about death. No doubt they buried him like that on purpose, but I highly doubt they intended to kill him.

I think it was just childish irresponsibility that they will have to live with, though.


10 posted on 03/10/2008 6:53:22 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: paltz

Prayers up for this family.


11 posted on 03/10/2008 6:54:16 PM PDT by TruthSetsUFree
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To: AppyPappy

Goodness, now I see the kid was 10!? How can you not know better than that at his age? Was he “slow”? Were the other kids encouraging him to do something stupid?


12 posted on 03/10/2008 6:55:04 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us nature wallpapers)
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To: paltz

5th grader accident?

As an ex-5th grade teacher, I don’t think so.
:*(


13 posted on 03/10/2008 6:55:51 PM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom and proud Rush Conservative with no dog in the presidential race now *sigh*)
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To: liege

That’s about the only thing that makes sense about why he simply didn’t pull his head out of the sand.

People get buried up to their necks on beaches all the time and all they have to do is sit up to get out. Sand does not compact that hard.


14 posted on 03/10/2008 6:56:18 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: paltz

When I played in the sandbox as a kid the cat kept covering me up.


15 posted on 03/10/2008 6:56:21 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Gabz

mom ping


16 posted on 03/10/2008 6:57:07 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
3. Parents naming their son 'Codey'.

I have twin nephews named Bo and Cody. Of course, in OK, there's nothing odd about those names. Is that part of WA considered "country" as opposed to the lefty-whacko Seattle area?
17 posted on 03/10/2008 6:57:49 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us nature wallpapers)
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To: paltz

a tragic accident.


Bullpoop...My friends and I knew long before we reached the age of 10 that we couldn’t breathe underwater or under the muck in the pig pen...it was unsportsmanlike to hold another kids head down past the count of ten.


18 posted on 03/10/2008 7:02:11 PM PDT by crazyhorse691 (The faithful will keep their heads down, their powder dry and hammer at the enemies flanks.)
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To: metmom

According to the other article I read (before the child died), it said he was buried up to his chest. But you have to wonder, were his arms also buried? I didn’t think sandboxes were particularly deep. Lord bless him, the child is with Jesus now, but do you think he was perhaps slow for his age?
That they held him is also possible. They’ll have to live with that the rest of their lives.


19 posted on 03/10/2008 7:09:56 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us nature wallpapers)
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To: paltz; Beelzebubba; flattorney; abb; Milhous; bert; MindBender26

I would not be surprised if at least two massive claims are filed over this, civil and criminal, if not actually heard.

Contingent liability and so much more on the part of the companies who sponsored the show and if I understand correctly, get to read the scripts.

The mind boggles.

And yet, where were ALL the parents during the TV show—or the initial sand burial?


20 posted on 03/10/2008 7:10:22 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: AppyPappy

Yes, they did it on purpose, but the dead boy was a willing participant. A tragic Darwin award nominee.


21 posted on 03/10/2008 7:14:05 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: metmom

“People get buried up to their necks on beaches all the time and all they have to do is sit up to get out. Sand does not compact that hard.”

uh yeah it can


22 posted on 03/10/2008 7:15:09 PM PDT by driftdiver
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To: paltz

You know I just don’t get it. The media has never said how old the other children were. Unless they were toddlers they all should have known better. Especially when he started flaying about and they said they thought he was “playing”.


23 posted on 03/10/2008 7:16:13 PM PDT by Vicki (Washington State where anyone can vote .... illegals, non-residents, dead people, dogs, felons)
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To: driftdiver

I doubt sandbox sand was that wet or that deep.


24 posted on 03/10/2008 7:18:21 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: paltz

25 posted on 03/10/2008 7:21:03 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Everytime McCain reaches out to conservatives, conservatives get poked in the eye.)
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To: metmom
I think it was just childish irresponsibility that they will have to live with, though.

I spend a lot of time around boys. Good grief, are they stupid sometimes! Not long ago, my husband (who should have grown out of it by now) bought our son a walking stick with a pointed metal tip. I had an utter fit before the purchase and hubby assured me that he would remove the tip. He didn't.

Last summer a bunch of boys were play fighting in my yard. Good thing I thought to actually look at what they were doing! My 9 year old was pointing and jabbing the walking stick (metal point toward the kid) at another boy, who happened to be 12 years old.

I came UNGLUED! How can you be so stupid as to point that metal tip at anyone?? You, you! Did you not notice he could KILL you with that metal tip? Do any of you think AT ALL? All those boys just stood and stared while I totally lost my mind.

If I could figure out how to fix this...

26 posted on 03/10/2008 7:34:30 PM PDT by Dianna
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To: Dianna

Prayers for the family. What a heartache.


27 posted on 03/10/2008 7:36:01 PM PDT by Dianna
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To: Dianna

You can’t. As you already pointed out, your husband hasn’t yet either. It’s connected to the *Y* chromosome.


28 posted on 03/10/2008 7:37:36 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: svcw
Are they not strong enough to pull their head out of the sand.

A ten year old boy is not a "they". He was being held down by FIVE other kids.
29 posted on 03/10/2008 7:43:01 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: paltz; grellis; xsmommy; tioga; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; SoftballMominVA; Amelia; metmom; ...

Mom PING

Prayers for the family of this child, and for the families of the other children involved.


30 posted on 03/10/2008 7:43:59 PM PDT by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: Dianna

They can be utterly stupid.

My son nearly put my eye out with a rubber band the other day. If I didn’t wear contacts....


31 posted on 03/10/2008 9:03:39 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Vote for The Huckster 2012- Who needs White House furniture, anyway?)
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To: aruanan

I did not read in the story that the other kids held him down.
“The story said the parents thanked people for their prayers and they thought he was joking when he struggled, that implies the parents not the other kids.”
It is a horribly tragic story.


32 posted on 03/11/2008 6:11:49 AM PDT by svcw (The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.)
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To: Gabz

Amen.


33 posted on 03/11/2008 6:15:11 AM PDT by WV Mountain Mama (I see debt people. Montani Semper Liberi)
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To: Amelia
"but you’d think that by the time kids were 10 years old, they’d realize you can’t do all those things they show in cartoons."

Steven Wright talked about how he liked to mess with hitchhiker's heads. After he picked then up, he'd say, "Put on your seatbelt. I saw this in a cartoon once and I think I can do it".

34 posted on 03/11/2008 6:36:42 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: visualops
But with an 'e'?

Cody is OK, but 'Codey'?

Looks like a nickname someone might give a nerd computer programmer.

35 posted on 03/11/2008 9:57:04 AM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Dianna
Did you not notice he could KILL you with that metal tip?

Demonstrate with a watermelon. Boys process information by doing, not hearing. It would stop them cold.

36 posted on 03/11/2008 10:01:01 AM PDT by myprecious
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To: paltz
I knew a 6 year old boy that died is a sand box accident very similar to this one - I was his bus driver. He was one of the sweetest kids on the bus. Had a hard time sitting in his seat because he was just a happy boy. With a gentle reminder, he would sit down with that big smile on his face. He was a joy to be around and I looked forward to seeing him every day.

An older cousin (12) claimed he left the younger boy playing alone in the sand and came in to watch TV. The older kid also rode the bus. It was a constant struggle with this trouble maker. He was always starting battles, throwing things, and being a pest. He was usually already in detention for classroom behavior, so it was difficult to deal with him.

I have never questioned the accidental version of the child's death. I was very close to the families - 8 family members rode with me. I only wanted to comfort them help and them get through the shock of the loss. This story of makes more sense than a simple "cave-in" of wet sand. I only hope the death of my student was indeed an accident.

37 posted on 03/11/2008 10:26:31 AM PDT by myprecious
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To: AppyPappy
I thought sandboxes had been outlawed.

HEALTH: ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS September 8th, 1988;
Consumer Group Challenges Agency Over Sandbox Safety

By WARREN E. LEARY, SPECIAL TO THE NEW YORK TIMES

Children's sandboxes, normally the place of castles, sculptures and imaginary wars, are at the center of an actual battle over what some people charge are dangers lurking in the sand.

Children's sandboxes, normally the place of castles, sculptures and imaginary wars, are at the center of an actual battle over what some people charge are dangers lurking in the sand.

The Health Research Group, a Washington-based consumers' group with ties to Ralph Nader, has argued for almost two years that there are asbestos-related particles in some play sands on the market and that the particles pose a long-term cancer risk to children. The group is urging a recall or ban on these products.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the stone industry say there is no convincing evidence that play sand is hazardous, and they see no need for emergency action.

The sand in question is the fine, white, powdery variety taken from quarries in coastal areas and sold at toy and hardware stores.

Mineral Form at Issue

In part, the debate involves what form of the mineral tremolite is present in the sand. Both sides acknowledge that tremolite is a contaminant in some sand; the amount varies greatly from sample to sample, but in most cases the quantities are minute.

The consumer group says the tremolite is found in a fibrous form in play sand; thus, its structure is similar to types of asbestos already known to cause lung disease and cancer. Even in small quantities such particles can be a hazard if inhaled because they are not cleared from the lungs and the effects are cumulative.

38 posted on 03/11/2008 10:47:24 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Dianna

Have you tried massive doses of testosterone


39 posted on 03/11/2008 10:51:12 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Dianna
Good grief, are they stupid sometimes!

As my dad used to say:

1 boy = 1 boy
2 boys = 1/2 a boy
3 boys = 1/4 a boy
4 boys = no boy

On one level it's about how much of a combined brain remains as you add boys. On another level it's about how much of a boy you have left afterwards.

40 posted on 03/11/2008 11:05:49 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
a nickname someone might give a nerd computer programmer

LOL
Nowadays one sees all sorts of permutations of names. Many I think because so many people these days can't spell but phonetically, or just can't spell, or are trying to be "creative".
Here's just a sampling of what I've seen:
Queston
Lyndsay
Septmia
Felesha
Francesska
Marquisa
Monashee
41 posted on 03/11/2008 11:39:31 AM PDT by visualops (artlife.us nature wallpapers)
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To: visualops
I was talking to a pregnant woman while waiting to board a flight.

She was going to name her son Kaden, because it sounded like Jaden, but she was afraid too many people were already naming their kids Jaden.

I was going to suggest 'Maden', but thought better of it.

42 posted on 03/11/2008 12:02:31 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Ramius

LOL! Right now I have 9 boys in my driveway playing basketball. Can you have negative boys?


43 posted on 03/11/2008 2:23:35 PM PDT by StrictTime (I used to be disgusted, now I try to be amused.)
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To: StrictTime

heh... most certainly. :-)


44 posted on 03/11/2008 2:31:20 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: paltz

Terrible and it doesn’t sound accidental to me. Maybe not intentional, but it was not accidental.


45 posted on 03/11/2008 4:19:46 PM PDT by pray4liberty (Watch and pray.)
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To: Dianna

A day late but- you have to appeal to them with vivid imagery. Logical explanations or reasoning will not register. Say something like, “when so-and-so gets gored by the point on that stick, and his liver and guts get pushed out the other side and you’re all running around screaming and throwing up, and even if he doesn’t die and you don’t go to jail and he’s just crippled for life and can never play sports, and his mother comes and visits each one of you every day to nag and wail about what you did to her son, well, don’t come crying to me”.


46 posted on 03/11/2008 5:15:02 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us nature wallpapers)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

LOL heh heh


47 posted on 03/11/2008 5:15:51 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us nature wallpapers)
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