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Child, 7, Found Hanging on Clothing Hook
AP ^ | 01/31/2008 | JIM VERTUNO

Posted on 02/01/2008 10:57:53 AM PST by Responsibility2nd

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — 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.

The shirt collar cut off the boy's oxygen, and he was unconscious when a teacher found him Wednesday, said police Lt. Mark Spangler. He was in critical condition at a hospital Thursday.

"We're not ruling anything out. We can't rule anything in at this point," Spangler said about the investigation. "Nothing is stepping out to us to say that there is some predator out there. ... We just don't know yet."

The boy had attended an assembly at the Not Your Ordinary School campus and asked to be excused to go the bathroom. He was found as the assembly was ending; there was no surveillance camera in the area.

Police said the clothing hook was low enough that the boy might have gotten himself stuck, but they don't know how he ended up on it or how long he was hanging.

Police were interviewing students and staff members at the charter school, which enrolls students in pre-kindergarten through third grade and earned the highest possible rating from the state for the last school year.

A telephone message seeking comment from school administrators was not returned. A message on the school Web site said staff members are cooperating with the investigation.

"The safety of our students is our first priority. As information regarding this incident comes to light, we will determine what, if any, campus safety issues need to be addressed," the school said.

Investigators don't have any evidence the boy had been bullied in school, but it's still possible he was attacked, Spangler said.

Whether criminal charges could result remains unclear. If another student is found to have been involved, state criminal laws don't apply to children under 10, said LaRu Woody, Travis County assistant prosecutor.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hook
This is messed up.
1 posted on 02/01/2008 10:57:55 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Also:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1963129/posts


2 posted on 02/01/2008 10:58:58 AM PST by xcamel (Two-hand-voting now in play - One on lever, other holding nose.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Hideous story.


3 posted on 02/01/2008 10:59:07 AM PST by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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To: Responsibility2nd; Admin Moderator

Already Posted

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1963129/posts

Sorry. Please delete.


4 posted on 02/01/2008 10:59:28 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd
the Not Your Ordinary School campus
5 posted on 02/01/2008 11:00:20 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
there was no surveillance camera in the area.

Hint, hint, hint.

6 posted on 02/01/2008 11:01:21 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Police: Student was Found Hanging on Coat Hook with Pants Down
Police say incident could be accidental

AUSTIN — Austin Police have confirmed that a 7-year-old boy found unresponsive and in cardiac arrest in the restroom of an Austin charter school Wednesday was indeed hanging on a coat hook with his pants down.

Police now say it is not out of the question that the boy accidentally hanged himself, but they will continues to investigate the incident at ‘Not Your Ordinary School’ on Kramer Ln. as suspicious until more details are found.

“It was not impossible for him to have gotten up there by himself,” says APD Lt. Mark Spangler. “The height of the hook was such that he could have placed himself there.”

Lt. Spangler also says say the boy’s pants could have also ended up around his ankles because they were too baggy. He says because the suspended position the boy was in, the pants may have just fallen. He adds that the criminal investigation will still continue.

Police also say they are ruling the possibility that a suspect or suspects in the case may be fellow students.

Police say a teacher found the student unconscious and not breathing in a restroom after staff members noticed he was missing. The student was at a school assembly when he asked permission to go to the restroom. Police say his homeroom teacher later noticed he was missing when the children returning to the classroom after the assembly. Police say it is not known at this time exactly how long he had been unaccounted for.

The child is now in critical condition at Dell Children’s Hospital. Police say the boy is still unconscious, and can not give a statement about what happened to him. Investigators say they have interviewed at least one student they consider a potential witness.

Counselors and psychologists are at the school Thursday day talking to parents and students about the incident. One Mother of a third-grader at NYOS, Meg Scott, says she met with the school psychologist because she thought it would be helpful.

“Before we filled our minds with all kinds of yucky stuff, I though it would be wise to meet with the psychologist,” Scott says.

Scott says her children have been attending NYOS for five years.

http://www.myfoxaustin.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=5642842&version=4&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1

Like I said. This is messed up.


7 posted on 02/01/2008 11:06:01 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Izzy Dunne

I really don’t want cameras in public bathrooms. Monitors yes. Cameras no.


8 posted on 02/01/2008 11:07:02 AM PST by CindyDawg
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To: Responsibility2nd

Humans never run out of ways to abuse each other. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were an accident, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it went the other way.


9 posted on 02/01/2008 11:08:08 AM PST by ReignOfError
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To: Responsibility2nd

They should check out older, larger students who have been held back from advancing to a higher grade level. Some of these kids have severe emotional problems, though, of course, not all of them do. But when they do have emotional problems, often it is the smaller children who are the targets and usually without provocation.

It happened to my nephew in a Roman Catholic private school and the agressor was two years older and had been permanently expelled by the local public school district. What this older kid found out too late was that my nephew had been in Kung-fu training for quite some time. Surprise! We pulled my nephew out of parochial school because HE WAS PUNISHED FOR DEFENDING HIMSELF!


10 posted on 02/01/2008 11:09:43 AM PST by SatinDoll (Desperately seeking a conservative candidate.)
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To: CindyDawg
I don't, either.

It seems like the author brought it up as a sideways hint.

11 posted on 02/01/2008 11:11:41 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: ReignOfError

What about his pants being down - doesn’t sound like an accident to me.


12 posted on 02/01/2008 11:14:11 AM PST by Sioux-san
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To: Responsibility2nd

Reading a few other stories and putting the snippets together, it looks like the police have a witness (implied that its a student) and that they are questioning other students — obviously tricky given their age.

But it looks like classic school bully-abuse, and taken beyond the limit. It’s the age, though, that is puzzling. The perps would be — what — 3rd graders? I’m having a hard time imagining that aspect.


13 posted on 02/01/2008 11:15:19 AM PST by WL-law
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To: WL-law

It reads like there was some kind of assembly. There were probably bigger kids there too. The sad thing is, if this was a bully, he probably didn’t mean to hurt the kid. We see it as degrading but harmless on tv at times, esp the kid shows.


14 posted on 02/01/2008 11:17:51 AM PST by CindyDawg
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To: SatinDoll
My son, now 32, was bullied by an older boy in first grade.
His dad told him to punch the kid in the nose if he tried to bully him again.
Got called to school by the nun pricipal after my son socked the kid.
The kid had also been punching little girls in the stomach for their lunch money as well as abusing other little boys.
Our policy as told to the nun principal --> son will defend himself against bullies
found out our statement was a part of my son's * permanent record * when we moved to Oklahoma...
Explained the situation to son's new principal. Principal removed the * permanent record * text :o)

Hope things turn out ok for the little guy in the above article...

15 posted on 02/01/2008 11:24:45 AM PST by xtinct (I was the next door neighbor kid's imaginary friend.)
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To: xtinct

You’re lucky Elaine Benis never got her permanent record fixed :)


16 posted on 02/01/2008 11:36:07 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Responsibility2nd
Police said the clothing hook was low enough that the boy might have gotten himself stuck,...

And pigs can fly. The police need to be taking a very close look at larger kids with a history of bullying.

17 posted on 02/01/2008 11:40:53 AM PST by 3niner (War is one game where the home team always loses.)
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To: SatinDoll

My daughter defended herself and the school was going to give her a ticket with a fine of $200.00. They said new ZERO Tolerance policy. Soon after that, I pulled her from the high school and put her in home studies. No longer was I scared for her everyday that I dropped her off at that high school. Then to go home and worry myself sick over her safety.


18 posted on 02/01/2008 11:41:11 AM PST by CaliGirl-R (I miss my Hunter "pings")
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To: CindyDawg
The sad thing is, if this was a bully, he probably didn’t mean to hurt the kid.

Bull, bullies always mean to hurt smaller kids. They normally just limit the damage to a level that they think they can get away with.

19 posted on 02/01/2008 11:42:57 AM PST by 3niner (War is one game where the home team always loses.)
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To: WL-law

I went to public school im the Chicago area.

Kids start joining gangs in 1st grade.


20 posted on 02/01/2008 11:44:16 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: 3niner

Ok, you are right. I meant by hurt, as in putting him in the hospital or killing him.


21 posted on 02/01/2008 11:48:59 AM PST by CindyDawg
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To: CindyDawg

“Don’t ever hang me from a hook Johnny. My Father did that.....once.” - Joe Piscopo as Vermin in Johnny Dangerously


22 posted on 02/01/2008 12:28:36 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: wintertime

ping


23 posted on 02/01/2008 2:53:24 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
A man was found at the bottom of a Chappaqua, New York swimming pool wrapped in chains. Also found were several gun shot wounds to the back of the man’s head. The cause of death is unclear at this time and it is too early to rule out suicide. Investigators believe it is possible the drowned man could have wrapped himself in chains, positioned himself in front of a live fire machine gun and then jumped into the pool. An investigation into this possible suicide is continuing. Senator Clinton does not remember meeting the man. Details as they develop...
24 posted on 02/01/2008 3:09:31 PM PST by WesternPacific (I am tired of voting for the lesser of two evils!)
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To: WesternPacific

I believe this could happen.

I really do.

I also believe Ft. Marcy Park actually happened too.

(no i’m not crazy. honest!)


25 posted on 02/01/2008 4:06:25 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Izzy Dunne; CindyDawg

Sad News.

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


26 posted on 02/02/2008 7:16:42 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

So sad. My prayers are with this little boy’s family and with the one that put him there. Assuming that harm wasn’t intentional, that has got to be such a heavy burden.


27 posted on 02/02/2008 7:48:36 AM PST by CindyDawg
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