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7-Year-Old Boy Critical After Being Found Hanging From Clothing Hook at School
FoxNews.com ^ | February 1, 2008 | AP

Posted on 02/01/2008 4:16:51 AM PST by ShadowDancer

Edited on 02/01/2008 4:25:35 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

AUSTIN, Texas ó A 7-year-old boy is in critical condition after being found hanging by his shirt collar from a clothing hook in a charter school's dressing room, and police tried to determine Thursday whether it was an attack or an accident.


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1 posted on 02/01/2008 4:16:53 AM PST by ShadowDancer
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To: ShadowDancer

Very strange.

I checked the web for some info on the school. There is a web site, however, all the pages (other than the home page) seem to be under construction. The school has been open for 7 years.


2 posted on 02/01/2008 4:24:18 AM PST by mark3681
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To: ShadowDancer

Man I hope this little dude makes out Ok.

Regards


3 posted on 02/01/2008 4:24:45 AM PST by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.. (A "Concerned Citizen".)
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To: ShadowDancer

Sad story and prayers for the kid. It does not sound like an accident.


4 posted on 02/01/2008 4:28:47 AM PST by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: ShadowDancer

prayers for this little man. My sons were bullied and it is so hard to watch. They are so innocent and then this cr*p starts to happen.


5 posted on 02/01/2008 4:29:40 AM PST by Mercat (Kennedys: Can't drive, can't swim, can't fly, can't ski, but they know what's best for us.)
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To: Mercat
My sons were bullied and it is so hard to watch.

The local news as of 6 am this morning, 10 last night and previous news casts over the last 2-3 days never said anything about bullying so that's probably just bs thrown in by Faux News. Police have somehow ruled out molestation and say the hook was low enough for him to reach it himself, however they are still at a loss as to what happened. Teachers claim he wasn't upset when he left the room to go to the restroom so they don't know either. The boy is still unconscious so police are saying (unless they're holding something back) that they can only wait until he's able to tell what happened.

6 posted on 02/01/2008 4:36:55 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: ShadowDancer

Bet a couple of other students put him on the hanger as a prank, not realizing it would choke the victim.

It just sounds like a dumb kid stunt.


7 posted on 02/01/2008 4:40:23 AM PST by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: ShadowDancer
...an attack or an accident...

Sounds like the idiots in charge didn't get the "Sherlock Holmes Award". Are there any children on record who accidently "fell up"? Mine always fall down.

8 posted on 02/01/2008 4:41:14 AM PST by GingisK
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To: ShadowDancer

What a sad situation. Hope the little guy pulls through. Prayers for him.


9 posted on 02/01/2008 4:43:17 AM PST by Old Grumpy
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To: GingisK

Coat hooks in my church’s education wing are at a small child’s shoulder height, so that the small children can easily hang their coats. A child could fall “down” and catch his collar on one of these hooks, although it seems very improbable.


10 posted on 02/01/2008 4:44:53 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Gently alluding to the indisputably obvious is not gloating." ~Richard John Neuhaus)
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To: Tax-chick
...it seems very improbable...

I think it is safe to assume that bigger kids were mimicking the "Malcom in the Middle" trick or similar antic from a movie. They just didn't have any duct tape on hand.

11 posted on 02/01/2008 4:49:04 AM PST by GingisK
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To: mtbopfuyn
previous news casts over the last 2-3 days never said anything about bullying so that's probably just bs thrown in by Faux News.

Do you need a news cast to tell you what you already know?

Hanging a kid on a coat hanger is something a bully would do, and the logical cause here.

12 posted on 02/01/2008 4:51:34 AM PST by WL-law
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To: WL-law

Glad you’re helping the Texas cops all the way from Virginia.


13 posted on 02/01/2008 4:53:56 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: ShadowDancer

Bullies....I saw the same a kid hung up by his collar by them in my school when I was in elementary school way back when. It happens all to often...


14 posted on 02/01/2008 4:56:24 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (ďWe must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!Ē --Duncan Hunter)
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To: ShadowDancer
They really need to outlaw coat hooks in schools. They are soooooo dangerous!

But on a serious side, what a tragedy. Prayers for the boy.

15 posted on 02/01/2008 4:59:22 AM PST by colorcountry (To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: GingisK
mimicking the "Malcolm in the Middle" trick

I couldn't say. I was just pointing out that the height of hooks intended for children's use makes an accident phyically possible.

16 posted on 02/01/2008 5:05:12 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Gently alluding to the indisputably obvious is not gloating." ~Richard John Neuhaus)
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To: mtbopfuyn

I assume you’re being sarcastic in your last post?

However, I’m not the only one who’s pointed out the obvious to you.


17 posted on 02/01/2008 5:12:13 AM PST by WL-law
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To: GingisK
Are there any children on record who accidently "fell up"? Mine always fall down.

THIS IS A CHARTER CCHOOL FOR KIDS WHO FALL UP........

18 posted on 02/01/2008 5:22:17 AM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Tax-chick

Then they can just as easily put their feet back on the ground and stand up again and get off the hook.

I’d bank on a prank gone wrong in this case.


19 posted on 02/01/2008 5:30:36 AM PST by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: wintertime

ping


20 posted on 02/01/2008 5:33:14 AM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: mtbopfuyn

If the school is anything like the school I teach in, students must sign out to use the restroom. Would be easy enough to check the sign out books of all the classroom and see who was out of the classroom at the time of the incident.


21 posted on 02/01/2008 5:36:18 AM PST by mware (Americans in arm chairs doing the work of the media.)
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To: mware

The student had left an assembly.

He (and possibly others) may not have had to sign out in an assembly situation.


22 posted on 02/01/2008 5:54:10 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: WL-law
However, I’m not the only one who’s pointed out the obvious to you.

As a matter of fact you are and you're being rude to boot.

23 posted on 02/01/2008 5:57:03 AM PST by ShadowDancer (Alcoholism is a disease, but itís the only disease that you can get yelled at for having.)
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To: No Truce With Kings

So true. Just like all the movies that show them dunking a kid’s head in the toilet. Funny in the movies, but in reality a very bad practice. Or running from the police when they try to stop you. The list of things kids are seeing in movies and on TV that make good entertainment, but are dangerous if not deadly.


24 posted on 02/01/2008 5:58:26 AM PST by jwparkerjr (Sigh . . .)
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To: cinives
I’d bank on a prank gone wrong in this case.

I think you're right.

However, I can imagine a child slipping on a hard floor, falling backward, catching his collar on the hook and hitting his head, panicking, etc. I'm not saying it's the most likely thing, of course, but freak accidents that nobody expected do happen.

25 posted on 02/01/2008 6:02:24 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Gently alluding to the indisputably obvious is not gloating." ~Richard John Neuhaus)
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To: ShadowDancer

Well, then you’re blind — 3 others here have pointed out the same thing. Sheesh!


26 posted on 02/01/2008 6:23:17 AM PST by WL-law
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To: WL-law

No, not blind, just better at reading comprehension than you are. You said others pointed it out to the other poster also, you were the only one that responded to that poster regarding that and you were the only one acting like a jerk about it.


27 posted on 02/01/2008 6:29:43 AM PST by ShadowDancer (Alcoholism is a disease, but itís the only disease that you can get yelled at for having.)
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To: ShadowDancer

You’re the one that can’t read. Three others have made the same conclusion as I did.

I was also pointing out that the statement “The local news as of 6 am this morning, 10 last night and previous news casts over the last 2-3 days never said anything about bullying so that’s probably just bs thrown in by Faux News” was really kind of silly.

It implies that, since the local news hasn’t mentioned something (that’s otherwise obvious as the likely cause), that one may conclude that the mention of it by Fox is “probably bs”. Sorry, that’s wrong, and ass-backwards logic to boot.

I don;t know your gender, but I’m guessing your a woman. Any boy knows about this stuff in school, it’s been going on forever. It turned tragic this time.


28 posted on 02/01/2008 6:40:02 AM PST by WL-law
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To: ShadowDancer
Prayers for the boy and his family.

This is at an AME Church and they have a gym in back. Reports said it happened in a locker room, so it's most likely hazing, but police aren't ruling out other possibilities.

I've worked a couple of elections there. We had considered sending our son to the pre-K care there, but found a better place. The Church has changed since then and apparently the school as well. I always thought it was a private rather than charter school.

29 posted on 02/01/2008 7:50:17 AM PST by DrewsDad (PIERCE the EARMARKS)
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To: WL-law
Good God, dealing with you is like arguing with a two year old.

Follow along. You said to that poster that others pointed out the same thing to him/her as you did. I told you that no, you were the only one that responded to him/her regarding that. Why is that so difficult for you to comprehend? And then I said you were acting like an ass, which you were, but that is beside the point now.

30 posted on 02/01/2008 8:36:25 AM PST by ShadowDancer (Alcoholism is a disease, but itís the only disease that you can get yelled at for having.)
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To: DrewsDad

Seven year olds hazing?


31 posted on 02/01/2008 8:37:09 AM PST by ShadowDancer (Alcoholism is a disease, but itís the only disease that you can get yelled at for having.)
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To: ShadowDancer
This is a small school, so my bet is that it was an older kid. But I wouldn't rule out younger kids that have been abused(by parents/siblings) doing things like this.
32 posted on 02/01/2008 9:14:05 AM PST by DrewsDad (PIERCE the EARMARKS)
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To: ShadowDancer
And then I said you were acting like an ass, which you were, but that is beside the point now.

I was right -- you ARE a woman. Your form of argument is familiar.

Now the problem you're laboring under is believing that "each reply on a thread is particularly disclosed to one person only, and is not a general point made on the topic". So other comments, even if on point, don't exist, except to the particular person addressed by the "reply" function.

Wow. That's ridiculous -- incomprehensible, really. That's bizarre.

And if someone wanted to 'privately' respond to one person (as you construe threads) you'd use mail, not thread posting.

33 posted on 02/01/2008 9:47:44 AM PST by WL-law
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To: ShadowDancer

Been praying for this little guy today. Any updates?


34 posted on 02/01/2008 11:08:18 AM PST by knittnmom (...surrounded by reality!)
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To: ShadowDancer

This is why my child is authorized to use physical force in any scenario where someone else attempts to hurt him. He also is comforted in knowing that both his parents will back him 100% in such a scenario. If all parents had such a policy, tragedies like this would be rare.


35 posted on 02/01/2008 11:11:00 AM PST by RockyMtnMan
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To: ShadowDancer

“Seven year olds hazing?”

Second grade? Yeah, I could see second graders doing something stupid. Wedgies were a big thing when I was in second grade. That and grabbing “fruit loops.” (A little loop of cloth just under the collar that boy’s shirts used to have. It was to allow you to hang the shirt from a hook.)

I had three shirts damaged in 2nd and 3rd grade when other kids grabbed it and ripped it off. In another case, the loop refused to tear, and I ended up falling backwards, landing on the back of my head.

It wasn’t called hazing, but stuff like that happened all the time.


36 posted on 02/01/2008 11:16:22 AM PST by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: RockyMtnMan

I’ve told mine the same thing. It’s not in my oldest one’s nature at all to retaliate (except against her younger sister, lol) but I hope if it were to ever come down to it she will find it within herself to.


37 posted on 02/01/2008 12:03:00 PM PST by ShadowDancer (Alcoholism is a disease, but itís the only disease that you can get yelled at for having.)
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To: 80 Square Miles

None that I’ve found so far.


38 posted on 02/01/2008 12:03:28 PM PST by ShadowDancer (Alcoholism is a disease, but itís the only disease that you can get yelled at for having.)
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To: ShadowDancer

Thanks.


39 posted on 02/01/2008 12:46:02 PM PST by knittnmom (...surrounded by reality!)
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Prayers for this little guy and his family.

It sounds like a prank to me, also. It simply makes no sense that he would be able do this to himself.

40 posted on 02/01/2008 6:32:24 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom

I thought that nothing that could come out of public schools could surprise me. I was wrong.

Other than that, words escape me.


41 posted on 02/01/2008 6:34:38 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (You can't be serious about national security unless you're serious about border security)
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To: metmom; yorkie

Prayers for the little boy & his family. Pandora


42 posted on 02/01/2008 6:38:26 PM PST by pandoraou812 (Don't taunt the animal's at the zoo or they may bite YOU!)
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To: ShadowDancer; 80 Square Miles

Sad to say he died.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/5506929.html


43 posted on 02/01/2008 6:52:56 PM PST by RGSpincich
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To: RGSpincich

I was just about to post that link.

According to the article in the Chronicle, it does sound more like foul play - older student perhaps.


44 posted on 02/01/2008 6:58:21 PM PST by Peanut Gallery ("An armed society is a polite society.")
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To: metmom

Prayers for this child and his family. I hope they figure out who did this to him... I agree that it doesn’t sound likely that it was an accident.

Some on the thread seem to be in disbelief that things like this could happen to such a young child — 1st or 2nd grade. I think it’s naive to think that things such as this don’t happen. Putting someone on a hook like that is something that you can see in MANY TV shows and such. A “typical” prank. Unfortunately, in this case the prank has turned tragic. I’m sure the kid or kids who did this had no clue that they were placing this child in that much danger, but they are still responsible. Hopefully they are old enough for the police to demand some type of intervention (counseling, etc...). Chance are though if they are very young, there is nothing the police will be able to do.


45 posted on 02/01/2008 6:58:22 PM PST by LibertyRocks ("Islam - The Religion of Pieces" -- quote from LR's "Infidel & Proud" Daughter)
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To: RGSpincich

Oh how horrible... Prayers for this child’s family and friends. And prayers for whomever did this and their family as well. I hope their conscience weighs heavily enough on them to come forward and admit what happened so they can get some kind of help — if this was indeed a prank the guilt could drive them to either hurt themselves or others in the future as a result. What a horrible situation.


46 posted on 02/01/2008 7:01:04 PM PST by LibertyRocks ("Islam - The Religion of Pieces" -- quote from LR's "Infidel & Proud" Daughter)
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To: RGSpincich

Oh, how horrible for his family.


47 posted on 02/01/2008 7:53:58 PM PST by knittnmom (...surrounded by reality!)
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To: mtbopfuyn

It sounds like a common bullying technique - one that is frequently done as a “prank” by bigger children to smaller ones. It wouldn’t necessarily have been done as part of a larger pattern of persistant bullying, but might instead have been done in random passing.

Even if the hook were low enough for him to reach it himself, he would have had to have a step stool to back himself up and hang himself on it high enough to get his feet off the floor and choke. That seems unlikely, so I would venture to say a bigger child or children did this to him.

Usually kids do it because they think it’s “funny” to see a small person pedalling in the air - and it would only be funny if someone else were there to see it. Look for a group of bigger boys who came out shortly after he went in...

Prayers for this little boy.


48 posted on 02/02/2008 1:33:50 AM PST by dandelion
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To: Mercat
My sons were bullied and it is so hard to watch.

My son is taking Karate.

49 posted on 02/02/2008 4:12:24 AM PST by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.)
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To: dandelion

The little boy died yesterday. Prayers.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1963730/posts


50 posted on 02/02/2008 5:23:42 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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