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Monday, April 14, 2014

Odd Mishaps Leave 2 Students Dead, 1 in Coma

Three tragic incidents this week have left two young people dead and one in a medically induced coma—the latter because his testicles were squeezed as a prank. To start with a sad fatality:

    Sixth-grader Alex Newsome died Friday while throwing batting practice at school in Wilmington, North Carolina, the Wilmington Star-News reports. Newsome was throwing from behind a protective screen, but leaned outside the net and was hit in the head by a ball. "There are no words to describe how we felt when we learned he was gone," said the mother of a boy who played with Newsome.

    Davon Jiggetts, 17, died yesterday when a pit bull chased him into traffic, where a car struck and killed him and the dog, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. His mother, described as "devastated," told WSB-TV that "he was almost home. He was almost home. He had one block, two blocks, he was almost home." The family is pleading for the dog owner to come forward.

    Finally, a 17-year-old Dublin boy had a heart attack Thursday when schoolmates jokingly yanked his scrotum on lunch break, the Irish Mirror reports. A teacher and one of the students applied CPR on the scene, and the boy was later placed in an induced coma. A source close to the family said they didn't consider the attack to be savage or malicious.

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