US boy hanged while copying Saddam

#1
Two boys in the US and Pakistan have accidentally hanged themselves while apparently mimicking Saddam Hussein's execution.

In two separate incidents, ten-year-old Sergio Pelico was found dead in Houston, Texas having tied a slipknot around his neck while on a bunk bed.

Meanwhile, nine-year-old Mubashar Ali was hanged from a ceiling fan while playing with his ten-year-old sister in Pakistan.

Police said the death in America appeared to be accidental and that Sergio, described by relatives as a happy child who was very curious, had been 'experimenting'.

The day before, he had watched the news of Saddam's execution on TV with an uncle and asked why he was killed.

Another uncle, Julio Gustavo, said: 'His uncle told him it was because Saddam was real bad. He said 'OK' and that was it. I don't think he thought it was real. They showed them putting the noose around his neck and everything. Why show that on TV?'

California-based clinical psychologist Edward Bischof believes the boy might have copied behaviour he found interesting or exciting on TV.

He said: 'I would think maybe this kid is trying something that he thinks fun to act out without having the emotional and psychological maturity to think the thing through before he acts on it.

'Saddam Hussein was (shown) standing there with a noose around his neck probably a dozen times in an hour. This is a real case where TV appears to be a stimulant.'

Mubashar Ali was helped by his ten-year-old sister, who tied a rope to a ceiling fan and his neck.

Their father said the children had been watching the footage of the execution on TV.
Not the families fault for letting him watch a hanging on TV then?
 
#4
When I got home tonight, the missis was in the yard, dressed in khaki shorts and a shirt with her name and telephone number on the back, safety goggles on her head, eating her way through some locusts, a kangaroo's ball-bag and some green maggots from a six-foot table.

The kids were filming this and egging her on in mock-Geordie accents, reminding her that there were 'stars to be won' and promising her 'some food for the camp'

I'm not sure what prompted this behaviour, but I've banned them from watching all TV until they have settled down ...

... tccchhhh ... 8O
 
#5
this shows that even what they show on the news should be subject to the 'water shed'... talk about it, but they shouldn't show it when children could be watching,

jast night i was watching road wars, doesnt mean im going to rob a car, then take the police on a ride for half an hour, then say its wasn't me... (does sound fun though)

his uncle and parents should control what they watch...

lets let the kids watch 'scream', then watch them put on a silly mask and kill a few people...
 
#6
The Lord Flasheart said:
Darwin at work again.................
Swine! I was going to say +1 in favour of Darwin's theory.
 
#7
Mubashar Ali was helped by his ten-year-old sister, who tied a rope to a ceiling fan and his neck
Did she turn the fan on afterwards. I just got a mental image of some lad swinging around in circles. :eek:
 
#8
Must have been quite a challenge for a ten year old girl to record her brother whizzing round so fast, hence no leaked video as yet?
 
#9
Just like on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom?
 
#10
But really if these lot are that stupid... can TV or anyone else be blamed?

Where was the parental supervision? When they were watching the clips and when they were making hte nooses.
 
#11
I am going straight to Hell as I know I should be commiserating, but when people do this sort of thing I can't help but laugh, especially after reading Goose_Rider's and slick's comments... :roll: :oops: :muhaha:
 
#13
Now the US has all the excuse it needs to ban news from the television and the radio, lest people become too fecking suggestible.
 
#14
Ok gentlemen, no need to taunt.
 
#16
My First thoughts exactly
:D
Forks said:
The Lord Flasheart said:
Darwin at work again.................
Swine! I was going to say +1 in favour of Darwin's theory.
 

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