Brother, 8 accidentally shoots sister

Brother, 8 accidentally shoots sister

There are 1 comment on the Kalamazoo Gazette story from Nov 19, 2007, titled Brother, 8 accidentally shoots sister. In it, Kalamazoo Gazette reports that:

Brother, 8 accidentally shoots sister BY JOHN TUNISON Gazette News Service MARNE -- A Sunday shooting accident that left a 6-year-old girl in critical condition happened in the home of a hunter safety and ...

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Ionia, MI

#1 Dec 5, 2007
What they don't say in this article is that the boy was diagnosed with autism, and the girl is believed to be autistic as well. The boy did not know what he was doing, for those who understand autism. I knew Jr. and Zare-Bear...I went to several of their birthday parties when I used to work with their mom at a fast-food place in plainwell. They are happy children who love each other very much, so I know Jr. would never do this on purpose. It's interesting the details the media feels is unimportant when it can make the situation look like such a maliscious act of stupidity on the parts of both adults and children. The grandfather is a firearm saftey instructor, why wouldn't he put locks on his guns? And Jr. is such a smart kid that he could get on the internet and look around since he was 4! So who knows if he could figure out a gun...that's one of the traits of autism - super smart but not fully aware of certain things.

I just thought I'd update people on this story and also let them know that Zare-Bear has had surgery and is recovering nicely according to mom and aunt. She will be paralyzed, though, from the waist down. That is such a shame considering I remember how much fun she had running around the yard on her birthdays. Her family will need prayers for their adjustments and for the financial adjustments after being hospitalized. This has really been tough on them. My prayers are with them, also!
-Amanda

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