Boy shot in head in hunting accident

Boy shot in head in hunting accident

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BeckyKnapp

Hudson, OH

#1 Jan 26, 2010
FREDONIA, Pa.-- A 9-year-old boy suffered a serious injury Monday night when he was shot in the head while hunting in Mercer County.
State police said the boy was raccoon hunting with his family in an area off Bower Road in Delaware Township when a rifle was discharged accidentally about 10:10 p.m.
The boy, whose name was not released, was hit in the head.
He was transported to UPMC, Greenville before being transferred to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
His condition was not available this morning, but police said he had not died.
Other details about the incident, including who fired the rifle, also were not immediately available.
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I don't understand people who take children into the woods to go hunting. It's dangerous enough for adults who chose to do it, but to drag along a child -- who is not old enough to make the decision to be there, but is being led there by a parent -- is just bizarre. Plus, one would think if you're hunting, you would not want to be distracted by the responsibility of looking out for a child. I don't know why people do it, because it unnecessarily puts a child in a situation where so much can go wrong. Why not just leave the kids home and not take that chance?
france gall

United States

#2 Jan 26, 2010
coons 1; hunter 0
neen

Hilo, HI

#3 Jan 26, 2010
BeckyKnapp wrote:
FREDONIA, Pa.-- A 9-year-old boy suffered a serious injury Monday night when he was shot in the head while hunting in Mercer County.
State police said the boy was raccoon hunting with his family in an area off Bower Road in Delaware Township when a rifle was discharged accidentally about 10:10 p.m.
The boy, whose name was not released, was hit in the head.
He was transported to UPMC, Greenville before being transferred to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
His condition was not available this morning, but police said he had not died.
Other details about the incident, including who fired the rifle, also were not immediately available.
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I don't understand people who take children into the woods to go hunting. It's dangerous enough for adults who chose to do it, but to drag along a child -- who is not old enough to make the decision to be there, but is being led there by a parent -- is just bizarre. Plus, one would think if you're hunting, you would not want to be distracted by the responsibility of looking out for a child. I don't know why people do it, because it unnecessarily puts a child in a situation where so much can go wrong. Why not just leave the kids home and not take that chance?
It's to bad they don't take you into the woods and shoot you!
BeckyKnapp

Hudson, OH

#4 Jan 26, 2010
neen wrote:
<quoted text>It's to bad they don't take you into the woods and shoot you!
My, my, little sock puppet -- haven't you had your coffee this morning???
Bubba Ignoramus Jr

Cleveland, OH

#5 Jan 26, 2010
my kidz has been huntin since they was babiez. huntin is a way of life here in NW PA and children gots to learn to shoot at critterz. how else iz my boyz gonna grow up to be manly men if they dont learns to shoot animalz?
oh sure, lots of times we hunterz shoot at eech uther. my boy Bubba Jr Jr. falled outta a deer stand and hit his head and he iz still out there shootin critterz.
sumtimez when they aint no critterz we shoots at each other or farm animalz like cows and horses.
neen

Hilo, HI

#6 Jan 26, 2010
BeckyKnapp wrote:
<quoted text>
My, my, little sock puppet -- haven't you had your coffee this morning???
Was only wishing the best for you,bitch.
Shawn

Grove City, PA

#7 Jan 31, 2010
Are you serious. Did you read the whole story. I know the Game Warden that answered the call and I live nearby. The kids should not have been out there without adult supervision as stated in the Game law. They should not have had the .17 caliber rifle loaded in the 2-wheel buggy. Hunting is not dangerous if you follow the rules. The 15 and 12 year old completed the HTE class and failed to unload the rifle and bring an adult with them. As HTE instructors teach the students, unload your rifle and keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. They did neither. It is a shame that the youngster died but do not blame it on hunting or the rifle. This was lack of respect for the rifle and not following the rules. Blame the parents for not teaching their child to follow the rules, it is their job.
Chad

Cleveland, OH

#8 Jan 31, 2010
BeckyKnapp wrote:
FREDONIA, Pa.-- A 9-year-old boy suffered a serious injury Monday night when he was shot in the head while hunting in Mercer County.
State police said the boy was raccoon hunting with his family in an area off Bower Road in Delaware Township when a rifle was discharged accidentally about 10:10 p.m.
The boy, whose name was not released, was hit in the head.
He was transported to UPMC, Greenville before being transferred to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
His condition was not available this morning, but police said he had not died.
Other details about the incident, including who fired the rifle, also were not immediately available.
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I don't understand people who take children into the woods to go hunting. It's dangerous enough for adults who chose to do it, but to drag along a child -- who is not old enough to make the decision to be there, but is being led there by a parent -- is just bizarre. Plus, one would think if you're hunting, you would not want to be distracted by the responsibility of looking out for a child. I don't know why people do it, because it unnecessarily puts a child in a situation where so much can go wrong. Why not just leave the kids home and not take that chance?
I just don't understand people that take children into stores to shoplift. It's illegal enough for the adults that chose to do it, but to drag along a child -- who is not old enough to make the decision to be there, but is being led there by a parent...think about it becky. Did you even take your child along on one of your "shopping" sprees? That is how parents rear children. Children LEARN by watching adults and then in time trying it themselves. This rule doesn't apply to just humans but several species. It's dangerous...but the way it is. Baby birds sometimes fall from the nest while trying to fly....they die. It's the way of nature. For a 9yo to want to follow his dad into the woods to learn is NOT bizarre. His was learning to do what his family does...possible to gather food. He was learning to grow up and provide...not steal. Sometimes it's dangerous and sometimes bad things happen but it's the way of nature. Let it happen. Atleast he wasn't being brought up to steal.
Tom

Cleveland, OH

#9 Feb 1, 2010
Chad wrote:
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I just don't understand people that take children into stores to shoplift. It's illegal enough for the adults that chose to do it, but to drag along a child -- who is not old enough to make the decision to be there, but is being led there by a parent...think about it becky. Did you even take your child along on one of your "shopping" sprees? That is how parents rear children. Children LEARN by watching adults and then in time trying it themselves. This rule doesn't apply to just humans but several species. It's dangerous...but the way it is. Baby birds sometimes fall from the nest while trying to fly....they die. It's the way of nature. For a 9yo to want to follow his dad into the woods to learn is NOT bizarre. His was learning to do what his family does...possible to gather food. He was learning to grow up and provide...not steal. Sometimes it's dangerous and sometimes bad things happen but it's the way of nature. Let it happen. Atleast he wasn't being brought up to steal.
I have to agree. I have always taken my kids and nephews hunting with me if they wanted to go. One of my nieces even went a couple times. It's the best way for them to learn....much better than sitting in a room watching a game commish. video.
dilligaf

Annandale, MN

#10 Feb 1, 2010
Chad wrote:
<quoted text>
I just don't understand people that take children into stores to shoplift. It's illegal enough for the adults that chose to do it, but to drag along a child -- who is not old enough to make the decision to be there, but is being led there by a parent...think about it becky. Did you even take your child along on one of your "shopping" sprees? That is how parents rear children. Children LEARN by watching adults and then in time trying it themselves. This rule doesn't apply to just humans but several species. It's dangerous...but the way it is. Baby birds sometimes fall from the nest while trying to fly....they die. It's the way of nature. For a 9yo to want to follow his dad into the woods to learn is NOT bizarre. His was learning to do what his family does...possible to gather food. He was learning to grow up and provide...not steal. Sometimes it's dangerous and sometimes bad things happen but it's the way of nature. Let it happen. Atleast he wasn't being brought up to steal.
I would have to agree on this. Taking the kids out hunting and teaching them skills to hunt by is a tradition in Pennsylvania. The hunting course is a great tool and they are given information but if they aren't shown the proper way by their parents what good is learning it and not practicing it and going one on one with a parent hunting. Accidents do happen no matter how much you train and teach.
Bubba Ignoramus Jr

Cleveland, OH

#11 Feb 2, 2010
dilligaf wrote:
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I would have to agree on this. Taking the kids out hunting and teaching them skills to hunt by is a tradition in Pennsylvania. The hunting course is a great tool and they are given information but if they aren't shown the proper way by their parents what good is learning it and not practicing it and going one on one with a parent hunting. Accidents do happen no matter how much you train and teach.
Yew sure are rite about that. pensylvanya iz the best state in all of europe cuz we likes to kill critterz. All my kidz have been killin animalz since they was babiez. we likes to shoot critterz and then come up reel close to them and watch them die. my kidz luv huntin!
Steverino

Elizabeth, PA

#12 Feb 2, 2010
It's irresponsible of parents to expose any child to firearms. This child was pratically a baby - he shoud have been nowhere near a gun, much less out hunting with it. It's clearly a case of child abuse and bad parenting. What moron would even think of letting a nine-year-old handle a gun? Amazing.
stay in school

Cleveland, OH

#13 Feb 2, 2010
Steverino wrote:
It's irresponsible of parents to expose any child to firearms. This child was pratically a baby - he shoud have been nowhere near a gun, much less out hunting with it. It's clearly a case of child abuse and bad parenting. What moron would even think of letting a nine-year-old handle a gun? Amazing.
excuse me retard but let me point something very important to you. the 9 year old that was shot did not have a gun. DUH stop and use your brain. It will be hard but try it. I know you know nothing about guns...probably never even held one but I'm sure you've atleast seen a pic of a rifle before. Now think about that pic of the rifle. Got a mental picture? Ok good! Now think about the size of an average 9 year old. Think hard...I know it's tough trying to have two mental pictures at the same time but I know you can do it. Try really hard now. Think about it. Thats it a little harder. There you go!!! Good job. See....it would be near impossible for a 9 year old to hold a rifle in a manner to be able to shoot himself in the head. The fact is that another person in the hunting party had the gun and it went off. the 9 year old was NOT handling a gun. DUH

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