Generally, I'm not one to ridicule kids, but this has to be the dumbest kid on earth...
HOUSTON Jan 4, 2007 (AP)— Police and family members said a 10-year-old boy who died by hanging himself from a bunk bed was apparently mimicking the execution of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
Sergio Pelico was found dead Sunday in his apartment bedroom in the Houston-area city of Webster, said Webster police Lt. Tom Claunch. Pelico's mother told police he had previously watched a news report on Saddam's death.
Why would he want to mimic a hanging? Apparently there are kids all over the world hanging themselves while mimicking Saddam's execution. Are there kids so out of touch with reality and consequences that they think killing themselves is not for real?
Seriously, the implications of this story shocked me. It seems that kids these days are so insulated by their doting parents from risk, reality, and possible consequences of stupid behavior, that the possibility of injury or death as a result of their activities never occurs to them.