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Illinois Boy Dies After Being Found Hanging in School Bathroom
Fox News ^ | Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Posted on 02/04/2009 12:14:55 PM PST by Sopater

EVANSTON, Ill. — A 10-year-old boy died after he was found hanging from a hook in a bathroom at his suburban Chicago school, and his mother said Wednesday that school officials haven't given her an explanation for what they described as an accident.

Aquan Lewis, a fifth-grader at Oakton Elementary, was found unresponsive and hanging from a hook in a bathroom at about 3 p.m. Tuesday. He was pronounced dead Wednesday morning at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

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Anybody know any more about this? How does a kid "accidentally" get on a hook in a bathroom that results in his death?
1 posted on 02/04/2009 12:14:55 PM PST by Sopater
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To: Sopater

School bully prank gone way way too far.

They’ll know by tomorrow who, what, where, why and how.

And then it will go to juvenile court, and we won’t hear another thing about it.

God, this is horrible.


2 posted on 02/04/2009 12:16:57 PM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: Sopater

Because some bully put him up there. He was ten. Many of these schools in Cook County are K-8. An 8th grader is big enough to do it.


3 posted on 02/04/2009 12:17:35 PM PST by aruanan
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To: Sopater

I suspect some 10 year old bullies hung him up there, I’ve seen plenty of movies depicting just such a scenario (minus the dying).


4 posted on 02/04/2009 12:18:44 PM PST by Teflonic
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To: Sopater

Sounds like they refuse to consider it was anything other than an accident because that might reflect badly on the school district and result in costly investigations and lawsuits and the like.


5 posted on 02/04/2009 12:19:08 PM PST by Califreak (What's black and white and red all over? My hero, Zero.)
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To: Sopater

At least Aquan didn’t drown...


6 posted on 02/04/2009 12:19:12 PM PST by proudpapa (Obama - The Worst One Ever!)
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To: Sopater; Impy; Clintonfatigued

Lovely. RIP.


7 posted on 02/04/2009 12:21:01 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: aruanan

Yeah and in zero’s Cook county school’s, some eighth graders can legally drive to school.


8 posted on 02/04/2009 12:21:45 PM PST by skimbell
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To: Sopater

I’m guessing it was a bullying prank by some of his schoolmates that went horribly wrong. I’ll bet that there are three or four boys, maybe a year or two older, that are freaking out right now trying to figure out what to do. One will crack, eventually.

That’s my amateur profiling take, anyway, based on my years of watching the “murder channels” on cable (i.e. TruTV, ID, and other channels that have forensics shows.)


9 posted on 02/04/2009 12:22:12 PM PST by Maceman (If you're not getting a tax cut, you're getting a pay cut.)
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To: Sopater

There was a similar situation in a school in Philadelphia a while back. (I remember because it was the elementary school my mother attended in the early 1940s.) That was reported as an “accident,” too, and then we never heard anything else.


10 posted on 02/04/2009 12:23:42 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Global leadership means never having to say you're sorry." ~IBD)
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To: Sopater

This is so sad. I bet there were a group of little monsters that thought it would be funny to hang a fellow student from a hook in the bathroom. If that is the case, someone will talk. My heart breaks for this family......


11 posted on 02/04/2009 12:24:34 PM PST by Kimmers (Working hard so Obamas friends don't have to)
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To: Maceman
That’s my amateur profiling take, anyway, based on my years of watching the “murder channels” on cable (i.e. TruTV, ID, and other channels that have forensics shows.)

Yes, but did you stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night?

12 posted on 02/04/2009 12:25:56 PM PST by TChris (So many useful idiots...)
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To: Sopater

An accident? WTF?


13 posted on 02/04/2009 12:26:40 PM PST by expatpat
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To: All

I share your suspicions, when I read the headline I suspected
it was one of those “Turtle on top the fence post” situations.


14 posted on 02/04/2009 12:26:48 PM PST by Jonah Johansen ("Coming soon to a neighborhood near you")
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To: Tax-chick

Boy, this is so similar to an incident just like it a few years back. I’m sure I remember reading about on FR.

Creepy.


15 posted on 02/04/2009 12:28:34 PM PST by EggsAckley
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To: EggsAckley

You’re probably thinking of the one in Philadelphia, too; it was posted on FR.


16 posted on 02/04/2009 12:30:45 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Global leadership means never having to say you're sorry." ~IBD)
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To: Sopater

There was a very similar story posted here sometime last year about another little boy found dead hanging on a hook, courtesy of some bullies. I can’t find the link just now, but I surely remember it.


17 posted on 02/04/2009 12:32:35 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: Tax-chick

There was an eerily similar story in the last couple years in the Austin area.


18 posted on 02/04/2009 12:33:00 PM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Sopater

Boy in critical after found in Evanston school bathroom

Tue, 3 Feb 2009 04:00
BY LISA DONOVAN Staff Reporter

A 10-year-old boy was hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday night, hours after he was found unresponsive in the bathroom of his Evanston elementary school.

The fifth-grader was found about 3 p.m. at Oakton Elementary School, 436 Ridge Ave., where he was reportedly hanging from a hook.

Elliott Lieteau, a school janitor, told reporters that school staff “had pulled him off the hook,” a detail authorities couldn’t confirm. Lieteau added that staff said the boy was on the hook for about 10 minutes and that’s when Lieteau tried to resuscitate the boy.

Chicago Sun Times


19 posted on 02/04/2009 12:35:37 PM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: Badeye

God, is there a worse pain for a parent.


20 posted on 02/04/2009 12:35:56 PM PST by Carley (Remember when we had a real President)
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To: Tax-chick

Yeah, that must be it. I’m wondering if some stupid “tweener” movie has that in it. Maybe the kids just think it’s fun and games, no harm, no foul. I’ll have to ask the 15 y.o. grandsons if they’ve seen something like that in a movie. I’m betting they have.


21 posted on 02/04/2009 12:36:20 PM PST by EggsAckley
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To: Badeye
School bully prank gone way way too far.

Or perhaps local street gang punishing the kid who didn't want to join up.

22 posted on 02/04/2009 12:36:47 PM PST by ponygirl (Obama: All beans, no weiner.)
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To: Carley

No, there isn’t.


23 posted on 02/04/2009 12:36:57 PM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: ponygirl

Maybe.


24 posted on 02/04/2009 12:37:29 PM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: Carley

That poor poor mother. I can just hear her cries! The worst of all pains. To lose a child!


25 posted on 02/04/2009 12:37:42 PM PST by classified
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To: Sopater
I posted this last year.

Child, 7, Found Hanging on Clothing Hook

What is this? An annual event?

Sad. Very sad.

26 posted on 02/04/2009 12:39:24 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

See post # 26


27 posted on 02/04/2009 12:39:59 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

I remember that one - that was the hippie charter school, wasn’t it?

I’m still looking for the Philadelphia one.


28 posted on 02/04/2009 12:42:52 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Global leadership means never having to say you're sorry." ~IBD)
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To: Sopater

First of all, I hate the headline. There were more concise ways to say the same thing such as:

“Illinois boy, found hanging in school bathroom, dies”

or

“Illinois boy dies hanging in school bathroom”

without the awkward “After Being Found Hanging” which reads like his cause of death was being found.

Secondly, my mother warned me that hanging in the boy’s restroom at school wasn’t safe and I guess I now know what she meant.


29 posted on 02/04/2009 12:44:03 PM PST by OrangeHoof (YES WE CAN have a Depression.)
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To: EggsAckley

I’ve seen that in movies, and there is even an episode of Hannah Montana where Miley’s brother puts the obnoxious rich kid on a hook outside the beach bathrooms. They show him squirming and screaming at him.

If this is a prank gone horribly wrong, the kid(s) that did this are going to need therapy.

My heart hurts for this family. For all the families.


30 posted on 02/04/2009 12:48:23 PM PST by Shelayne (Pray without ceasing.)
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To: Sopater

Murder most foul!


31 posted on 02/04/2009 12:50:11 PM PST by Palladin (Congrats to Michael Steele!)
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To: proudpapa
From the info on your homepage I'm surprised at your flippant and not humorous reply.

FMCDH(BITS)

32 posted on 02/04/2009 12:50:26 PM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: Sopater
We had a very case here in Austin, Texas a few months ago much the same. Still no official word on how it happened.
33 posted on 02/04/2009 1:01:47 PM PST by tall_tex
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To: TornadoAlley3
Elliott Lieteau, a school janitor, told reporters that school staff “had pulled him off the hook,” a detail authorities couldn’t confirm. Lieteau added that staff said the boy was on the hook for about 10 minutes and that’s when Lieteau tried to resuscitate the boy.

That leaves more questions that answers. How does the janitor know how long the kid was on the hook?

34 posted on 02/04/2009 1:01:57 PM PST by TankerKC (Yes we can? I already could.)
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To: EggsAckley
I’m wondering if some stupid “tweener” movie has that in it.

Johnny Dangerously with Joe Piscopo...from the 80's. Hardly a current-day tweener movie, though.

35 posted on 02/04/2009 1:06:44 PM PST by Fredgoblu
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To: Shelayne
I’ve seen that in movies, and there is even an episode of Hannah Montana...
Also used in That 70s Show TV sitcom -- and probably others.
36 posted on 02/04/2009 1:07:23 PM PST by Peet (<- A.K.A. the Foundling)
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To: Badeye

Exactly! Some stupid bully or bullies (there’s usually the alpha male and his “posse”) terrorized this kid and hung him on the hook as a “big joke”. When his posse squeals, he will be too...


37 posted on 02/04/2009 1:13:21 PM PST by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Yeah, that’s the story I was referring too. Does anyone ever know if the culprits were ever caught in that one?


38 posted on 02/04/2009 1:18:52 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: Sopater

Cannot read more of this; but how outrageously pathetic this is. Heartbreaking to think about how this even happened.


40 posted on 02/04/2009 1:26:37 PM PST by cricket (America's Freedom Rings! Thank You ~ U..S.A. Military~/)
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To: skimbell

Yeah and in zero’s Cook county school’s, some eighth graders can legally drive to school.”

The parents and the kids can carpool.


41 posted on 02/04/2009 1:26:39 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Responsibility2nd; Tax-chick

I thought it sounded familiar. Heartbreaking.


42 posted on 02/04/2009 1:31:21 PM PST by Sopater (I'm so sick of atheists shoving their religion in my face.)
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To: Sopater
How does a kid "accidentally" get on a hook in a bathroom that results in his death?

The bullies just meant to torture him, not kill him, thus an "accident".

43 posted on 02/04/2009 1:32:10 PM PST by 3niner (Hoover turned a recession into a depression, FDR turned it into The Great Depression)
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44 posted on 02/04/2009 1:50:29 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Califreak

Oh yeah,
you can bet the farm there will be a few lawsuits over this one.


45 posted on 02/04/2009 2:02:08 PM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: metmom; yorkie

Prayers for the family.


46 posted on 02/04/2009 2:02:53 PM PST by pandoraou812 (Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn! ...........^............)
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To: metmom
To quote my excellent article Home schooling for liberty, Rick Boyer, home school researcher, pointed out once how little schools resemble the "real" world. In the real world, you don't go to work every day with the realistic expectation of a violent physical assault upon your person. Bullies make school days a living hell for way too many children. Evidently, they serve a purpose in the bigger scheme of things -- but I choose not to play any more. My children are lambs of the Lord's flock, not domestic cattle of The State.
47 posted on 02/04/2009 2:23:22 PM PST by RJR_fan (Winners and lovers shape the future. Whiners and losers TRY TO PREDICT IT.)
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To: metmom

This makes me ill. I’m looking at my 10 year old boy working on his math, trying so hard not to get distracted by his siblings. I can’t imagine life without him. My prayers go out to the family and the families of those that caused this tragedy.


48 posted on 02/04/2009 3:23:28 PM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: RJR_fan

Your otherwise excellent article understates the role of rapists in government schools.


49 posted on 02/04/2009 3:31:31 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Global leadership means never having to say you're sorry." ~IBD)
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