Salem boy, 14, found dead from huffing computer "duster"

Apr 25, 2007 Full story: www.katu.com 40

A 14-year-old Salem boy inhaled spray from a can of cleaner used on computer keyboards and died, police said. via KATU-TV Portland

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dont_judge

De Queen, AR

#21 Oct 13, 2008
Well while your percentages may be right you have no right to jdge somone from divorce. I am divorced with 2 boys. My boys have not grown up not knowing how to love or be loved. Divorce doesn't cause someone to make the wrong choices. THey choose that on their own. These parents will have to live with this forever and shouldn't have to be criticized by you truth known your probably on your 4 marriage or your wife wishes you were. I commend this parent who could care enough about the rest of us to tell her story so we can watch out for our own kids. She could be bitter and keep her story to her self.
drip drop wrote:
Well, if you wanted to point fault towards someone over this child's death, then point to yourself. The parents are divorced. A 68% divorce rate in the United States, which means 68 percent of the national community is broken. Children from divorced family settings are 10 times higher to commit suicide, be pregnant as a teenager and do drugs. Look at the budget cuts in the public schools and the continual denial of educational funding by taxpayer's. We eat our children. I do feel sorrow for the parents, to see a child out of control and suffer, struggle, only to end up as another statistic. My final point is that the family is the school of love. You break up that home and a child is stunted from developing into a healthy, affectionate adult. With 68 percent of children as love midgets, without strong mentors and ending in a lord of the flies environment, the blame can be spread around.
Phragrance

Providence, RI

#22 Nov 9, 2008
"If the parents were aware of this childs abuse in the past with "huffing" how could they have in their home any containers and/or substance that he could possible get and use/abuse."posted by abosma

Wow. Abosma, you are an idiot. I can't believe you would blame it on the parents. Not only did the kid probably buy the computer duster himself (like its so hard and expensive), but if you had to remove everything that a kid could get high from, you'd have to get your cleaning products, sanitary products, and even your car (so he doesn't suck gas out of the tank with a straw.)

"Losers like this kid is why Target asked me for ID (to verify I'm 18) when I was purchasing computer duster. And is why I am still now typing on a messy keyboard."posted by Damian.

Damian, you are a jerk. There are people on this site who have lost loved ones, and you're being very inconsiderate.

Similarly, ChrisFrench, you're an idiot. The day you die will be a lot sooner than you think with that attitude.
Librahoppa, you're a jerk. With all the misinformation kids hear about drugs in school and from their parents, I doubt very much that he "knew better." He probably thought that the dangers of duster were an exaggerated lie like everything they tell you about pot alcohol or LSD.
You're a cold hearted bastard. Someday you'll lose someone you love to weakness and stupidity. When that happens, I hope you remember all the things you were saying today you cynical prick.
CJS

Sauk City, WI

#23 Jan 18, 2009
I have experimented with air dusted several times, and as a user of many illegal substances, I would say this air duster is worse than crack cocaine.
I am an adult who has used since the early teens, and I would never blame my parents for being "negligent". They have little knowledge of what I was doing yet they were there for me more than anyone I know.
It is not the parents fault for not knowing a well kept secret of teenager drug use.
Bless the family of this deceased child.
desirae

Richmond, VA

#24 Feb 15, 2009
i never thought my life would have turned out like this. dusting basically screwed my life up. do not do this! its very unsafe, just two days ago, i almost died from this. i know this may sound very stupid but im just glad im alive to tell this story. i was dusting when i was driving, i passed out behind the wheel, side swept 5 cars, ran though a sign, and has a head on collision with another car. i was rushed to the hospital. luckily nobody was hurt, but my car was totaled, i have a DUI, and a huffing charge. im only sixteen. this was my third time dusting. its not worth it. you can take one hit and be fine, and the next hit you can die. this is very serious&scary and the chemicals are really dangerous. please dont make the same stupid mistakes i have.
sciencenerd

Jackson, MI

#25 Apr 1, 2009
Regardless of whom you place blame with, the fact remains that the brain of a person under age 22-24 is much different than that of a physiologically mature adult (about age 24-26). Until this age, the frontal lobe is not fully developed. Since this is the area of the brain that controls judgment and "common sense" young adults tend to take risks or engage in behaviors that we find alarming. While I in NO WAY endorse huffing or any kind of substance abuse, we have to realize that our kids genuinely cannot appreciate the full consequences of their actions. While we do not need to control every aspect of our kids lives and invade their privacy, there HAS to be someone looking out for them whether it be by talking, rehab, or spending the summer at Aunt Edna's.
parent

Columbus, OH

#26 Apr 20, 2009
someone with a brain wrote:
way to jump to cunclusions, you judgemental dunces. kids are stupid and can get into stupid things despite how good or not good a parent is. NO PARENT whatsoever can keep an eye on their kid all the time. nor should they, kids that are under a constant watch (e.g. keeping them home school, not letting them go out)tend to be either exceptionally rebellious or socially awkward. they lost their son, and im 95% sure they are hurting, so don't be an ass just because you feel emboldened by the anonymity of the internet.
i am a parent of 2 teens. i strongly agree w/you. you cannot be w/them 24/7. i give mine trust and hope 4 the best. that is all you can do. my daughter admitted to doing that huffing 1 time. she only told me after she got concerned of he cousin continuousley doing it. she is scared she'll end up dying so she came to me w/the truth. she said my niece is doing it frequently and she is worried. i am telling on my niece and hoping to stop it before it is too late. pray for all teens to have the strength to say no. there is so much peer pressure for our kids today!!!!
concerned mom

Warren, MI

#27 Apr 25, 2009
I have just found empty cans of this duster in my basement.I know they were not there 1 week ago I noticed my son acting very wierd and having new friends over this is what they were doing while I was not home I do have to work. But It will not ever be here again.Thank God they are ok but this new friend took my sons car and wrecked it. Hope fully its a leason learned.
anon

Birmingham, AL

#28 Jun 19, 2009
I heard a loud noise tonight downstairs and went to check and see what fell over. It was my son! He's 15, home almost all the time, but spends too much time online and on his phone in his room. The few times he does go out, he goes to Walmart and the mall with a handful of friends from school. I just found out today that this was his second time doing it and I had no idea kids did this stuff! I knew about paints, butane, glue, but not duster and I thought it was pressurized air too. It was a 14 yr old girl that gave it to him to try just outside of Walmart! So he saw a can downstairs tonight and did it here and he blacked out! He is a very intelligent kid for his age and more mature than most of his friends so doing anything like this never crossed my mind. I do ask about his friends and I have asked about whether any of his friends are smoking anything or taking any pills. This was a real shock! I spoke with someone whose friend was killed because he passed out huffing duster while driving. My son doesn't drive, I was dropping him off and picking him up, but he won't be spending any time with friends that are risk takers any longer. I don't consider my son a loser. He did something really stupid that could have cost him his life. He lost his privileges (computer, phone, bedroom door) now he has to earn my trust back. I lost my husband to a random homicide, my brother to mental illness, my mother and several family members to cancer, I'm not going to lose my only son too! I told him it was time to find some friends that don't want to kill him!

Since: Aug 08

AOL

#29 Jul 3, 2009
anon wrote:
I heard a loud noise tonight downstairs and went to check and see what fell over. It was my son! He's 15, home almost all the time, but spends too much time online and on his phone in his room. The few times he does go out, he goes to Walmart and the mall with a handful of friends from school. I just found out today that this was his second time doing it and I had no idea kids did this stuff! I knew about paints, butane, glue, but not duster and I thought it was pressurized air too. It was a 14 yr old girl that gave it to him to try just outside of Walmart! So he saw a can downstairs tonight and did it here and he blacked out! He is a very intelligent kid for his age and more mature than most of his friends so doing anything like this never crossed my mind. I do ask about his friends and I have asked about whether any of his friends are smoking anything or taking any pills. This was a real shock! I spoke with someone whose friend was killed because he passed out huffing duster while driving. My son doesn't drive, I was dropping him off and picking him up, but he won't be spending any time with friends that are risk takers any longer. I don't consider my son a loser. He did something really stupid that could have cost him his life. He lost his privileges (computer, phone, bedroom door) now he has to earn my trust back. I lost my husband to a random homicide, my brother to mental illness, my mother and several family members to cancer, I'm not going to lose my only son too! I told him it was time to find some friends that don't want to kill him!
Well? What happened since then? He all right now?
journey

San Diego, CA

#31 Nov 22, 2009
abosma wrote:
If the parents were aware of this childs abuse in the past with "huffing" how could they have in their home any containers and/or substance that he could possible get and use/abuse. If you have an alcoholic in the home you don't have alcohol present. If you have a "druggie" you don't have drug available. I feel that this childs death is the the direct neglect of the parents who's home he was residing in at the time of his death.
People...how can you put the blame on the parents? Open your eyes! When anyone, not matter what the age, can walk into any store carrying products in spray cans and purchase these everyday products and no one (the checker or the people in the same isle in the store, etc) thinks anything of it. It's 'just' a can of spray wax or hairspray-do the math-
They purchase the product and find a "safe" place and no one is the wiser. How can you blame the parents. The kid gets out of school and goes to the store and buys what ever product needed to be huffed and that's totally legal. Do the parents work? Most likely. And how are they supposed to monitor this kids activities? The kid goes to his room to do his 'home work' and there you have it. From school to home-they can't be scrutinized 24/7. Don't blame the parents. If someone WANTS to get wasted they will do it. In their home, at school, in the parking lot of the store. At this point, we can't keep their hands off of something that is sold legally over the counter. No matter what the age...they have access to what ever. Peer pressure is over whelming for these abusers, and they don't give another thought that it may kill them. "IT WON'T HAPPEN TO ME" mentality is real and frightening. As a grieving mother, I have first hand knowledge of the consequences in this drug fad. My son is not dead today. But if he wants to huff, he will. Any way possible. Consider the guilt trip you are putting on parents...GET A CLUE PEOPLE!
punk rock chick

Hodgenville, KY

#32 Dec 9, 2009
i've used duster quite a bit, quite often. i'm still here, i've never had any problems. it's a trip, there's really no way to explain it. you just have to try it for yourself. sometimes people go too far or just can't handle it. my sympathy goes out to the families who've lost loved one - don't blame yourselves. and to those blaming the parents, just stop it. we who use know what we're doing and we know the risks, we make our own choices. there is no one else to blame.
nikita

Miami, FL

#33 Jan 2, 2010
so some of you are saying that when you were a teen your parents knew EVERY SINGLE thing you were up to?

cause i know my parents were strict and thought that they were one step ahead of me, but i did manage to do things behind their backs.

it's unfortunate that this happened. and im wondering why life was so crappy for the kid that he felt the need to get high off of computer duster...
HeRmAn

Canada

#34 Apr 6, 2010
What a dumb thing to say i_diot.
Pat

San Diego, CA

#35 Apr 6, 2010
punk rock chick wrote:
i've used duster quite a bit, quite often. i'm still here, i've never had any problems. it's a trip, there's really no way to explain it. you just have to try it for yourself. sometimes people go too far or just can't handle it. my sympathy goes out to the families who've lost loved one - don't blame yourselves. and to those blaming the parents, just stop it. we who use know what we're doing and we know the risks, we make our own choices. there is no one else to blame.
your parents must be so proud, I wish I could buy you a case of computer duster.
friend of deceased

Salem, OR

#36 May 24, 2010
Everyone who is saying bad things about him, never clearly knew him. I remember that day I heard about his death. He was a very close friend of mine and he doesn't deserve to be trashed. Everyone just need to shut the hell up. Be respectful.
KeyserSoze

Austin, TX

#37 May 24, 2010
Deaths from Computer Duster: 1
Deaths from Marijuana: 0
Nate

Portsmouth, VA

#38 Jul 6, 2010
gar wrote:
my 17 year old son died from "air duster" on 12/24/06. there were no signs. according to his friends he had only done it a few times and they were buying it at walmart. you can't buy cd's without security device on it but you can buy this? we don't use this product, so i put a majority of the blame on companies like walmart amd 3m that let it so easy for anyone to purchase. after several pleas to have it locked up, they put it at every check out aisle.
we had just moved from st louis a few months earlier to get away from the drugs and then this happened.
I know i'm going off on a limb here, but if your son was so desperate to get F*cked up moving was only going to worsen the problem. Besides Benadryl (Diphenhydramine HCI, i believe) and DXM (cough syrup), and nitrous oxide (COO'WHIP!), almost no legal drugs are safe for human consumption at levels that get you high. As a drug connoisseur myself since the age of twelve, I've yet to see as many deaths from inhalants than any and all illegal drugs, yet in desperate situations these "druggies", who are just curious kids just as myself (i'm fourteen, by the way), will try any and everything, if they think it will give them a "high". I don't mean to bash on you and I pray for your family and son, but as terrible as it sounds you should have just let your son smoke his pot or do whatever he was doing. Just trying to help, Nate.
valerie

Moultrie, GA

#39 Jul 31, 2010
my brother was 38 years old, we just lost him May 14th to dusting computer cleaner..... We tried to get him help, but because it was not an illegal drug there was Nothing we could do! I hope teens as well as adults think long& hard before doing this!
Condolences

Hudson, FL

#40 Sep 7, 2010
But I do hope he wasnt insured by The Standard. They wont pay!
george barnett

Heath Springs, SC

#41 Sep 23, 2010
abosma wrote:
<quoted text>
I beg to differ with you, but I do know that his mother was aware. Within the last year she had this child in a chemical dependence facility, specifically for this problem. After admitting him, she sent him to live with his father because she couldn't handle him. The boy was being carefully watched and disciplined at his father's. After a full year of diligent care and work on the father's part, the boy was learning important lessons concerning consequences for choices made. The parent in Salem then did not return the boy on a visit to her this last spring break. She wanted him back, and as a mother myself I can understand. However, this child was far from being over any substance abuse problems he was experimenting with and she did nothing to place him in a "safe" enviroment.
One less problem for the community to deal with.It's not like there is a shortage of idiots in this country.Instead of a bad influence,he can now be a useful example.The school needs to post his picture on a Darwin Award sign.

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