Friday, April 06, 2007
The Shot: Boy falls through ice as friends watch
















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Posted By CNN: 3:52 PM ET
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Children today are so desensitized, when an actual emergency occurs, they laugh at it. What a sad testiment to society today. That young man is fortunate he is still breathing, he just as easily could have drowned.
Posted By Anonymous Essence Vega, Richmond Va : 4:16 PM ET
This guy looks older than a boy!!! C'mon 360, segments like "The Shot" only drives people to commit stupidity. Anyways I guess you need humor sometime in a news channels to forget the harse reality that is LIFE.
Posted By Anonymous Sanjida Alam, Woodhaven, New York : 4:41 PM ET
Showing this video will only encourage stupid people to do this sort of stunt. How proud his parents must be, haha.
Posted By Anonymous Jess, Paris, KY : 5:22 PM ET
Wow. Two shots of falling through ice. Cold shots that warm the heart.
The first was a dog who was rescued, and now a young man who managed to crawl out of the ice. I am sure the young man was happy to get out but it was not as easy to tell as the dog. A happy tail. . oops, I mean tale.
Posted By Anonymous Betty Ann, Nacogdoches.TX : 5:39 PM ET
This is horrible! What if a young child had seen this then attempted it in their neighborhood. This is not a funny video. Just recenty two little boys in Red Lake were found once a lake in their area had melted.
Posted By Anonymous Virginia, Cut Bank, MT : 5:42 PM ET
Are people who fall through the ice really unaware of what can happen if they play around/on ice?
Maybe they don't listen. In that case, they will learn the hard way.
But for the ignorant children, where are the parents, and why aren't they talking to their children? That's a whole other can of worms.
Whether it be a current events class, or an informational assembly, schools should be required to teach these issues during school hours.
Good thing the kid is alright.
Thanx for CNN 360. Take Care.
Posted By Anonymous Karen, Boston, MA : 5:43 PM ET
Was this the guy dressed in the Easter Bunny outfit that scared the school of fish? Shame shame on that guy. In all seriousness, the friends who watched did the right thing. Two wrongs don't make it right. I am sure the guy who dived off the subway plateform in New York to protect the other guy from the train killing him, would take a different position.
Posted By Anonymous Claude Calgary Alberta : 6:08 PM ET
My cat fell through the ice on the pool today and nearly drowned, she has the IQ of a cat and didn't take 3rd grade science, what's this guy's excuse?
Posted By Anonymous Em, Toronto, Ontario, Canada : 6:41 PM ET
I think it was Erica who mentioned that if it is warm enough to wear shorts, maybe it's warm enough for the ice to be melting and too thin in places to walk on. Too bad this young man hadn't thought of that. Glad he was lucky and everything worked out okay.

Happy Easter to everyone at AC 360 and to Anderson, wherever you are, Happy Easter as well. But hurry back, you are sorely missed.
Posted By Anonymous Christina, Windber, PA : 6:59 PM ET
It's very sad this young mans "friends" were so non-chalant about this emergency.
I wonder where his parents were.
Posted By Anonymous Jeannie Niles, San Diego, California : 7:16 PM ET
Let's see..."Boy falls through ice as friends watch." Why were they watching and not helping. Hmmm, do I think they had the lights, camera, action down pat to get themselves on the news..Just wondering.
Posted By Anonymous Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif. : 9:53 PM ET
How can you play this foolish act up as "funny"? The kid could have drowned. Children viewing this video portrayed as something "humorous" are more likely to try the same thing and maybe NOT be so lucky. Shame on you CNN--and Mr. Cooper!
Posted By Anonymous Steve Strength, Plano, TX : 11:14 PM ET
Why can a 10 year old post a video on YouTube that anyone in the world can watch with a click of a mouse, but CNN can't figure out how to host a single video that doesn't jump around and skip every other second of audio?
Posted By Anonymous Gene, Portland OR : 11:57 PM ET
How is this video even remotely funny? Kids die each year because they make a dumb decision to walk on ice-covered ponds. It's odd that the commentator calls it "funny," yet had the kid not been able to get out and had drowned, this would be deemed a tragedy. I can't believe a national broadcast would refer to falling through ice as funny. That simply promotes the idea to teenagers who simply want to be "funny."
Posted By Anonymous Michael, Columbia, MO : 2:01 AM ET
What is this doing on your site ???
Are you trying to ruin your cedibility ?
Posted By Anonymous steve thompson ohio : 9:01 AM ET
I think teenagers in every generation have tried stupid things. This video is just one example; it's not a new phenomenon by any means. It's the nature of teenagers to live in the present and not think about consequences. Parents and other trustworthy adults need to be present in a child's life to help them think about choices and potential consequences, but it takes a while for that thinking to become natural. Many adults don't seem to have that ability, either (or our prisons would probably be less crowded).
Posted By Anonymous Lisa, Grand Rapids, MI : 9:34 AM ET
Its nice to see kids are still adventurous! It would be a shame to see kids being afraid to test their limits....I say keep it up and make sure the friends you have around you, will help you if you get stuck/sink.
Posted By Anonymous Deep, Condado, Puerto Rico : 9:47 PM ET
For sure a girl wouldn't have dared to do such a thing. I guess "Boys will be boys" always trying to act cool and tough.
Posted By Anonymous lizeth, norwalk : 11:28 PM ET
What an idiot. He gives the younger generation a bad name. We're not all that stupid, FYI...
Posted By Anonymous Suzanne, Milwaukee WI : 12:28 AM ET
It's hard to feel sorry for stupid people involved in stupid antics.
Posted By Anonymous Milena, Ft. Lauderdale, FL : 11:00 AM ET
Totally irresponsible! He should be admitted for a psychological evaluation. This boys appears to have suicidal tendencies or on drugs.
Posted By Anonymous Dorothy, Toronto, Canada : 2:23 PM ET
AC360:
It is very alarming to watch "The Shot: Boy falls through ice as friends watch". Thin ice is a hazard not a playground!

First, falling through the ice is not funny. I have watched firefighter dive teams search for bodies in ponds, lakes and rivers for individuals who have fallen through the ice. It also places the dive teams in danger especially if the body of water has snags like tree branches, trash, etc.

Second, the "Shot" gives the impression that walking on thin ice is something someone should "risk" for the humor in it. The spring thaw doesn't mean walking the tightrope on ice. The person falling through the ice is not the only one in danger. Fifty per cent of ice related drowning involves an attempted rescue by another person.

Third, I am grateful AC360 is on later at night because if children see this "Shot", they may be think walking on thin ice is something adults do for recreation. It is dangerous....pure and simple.

Fourth, hyperthermia.

Fifth, drowning.

Sixth, I am disappointed in AC360 for selecting this video for "The Shot" due to the consequences behind the stupidity of the individuals on the ice and behind the video camera.
Posted By Anonymous Sharon D., Indianapolis, IN : 3:28 PM ET
My son was raised to be very wary of the ice in any condition and would definately have NOT gone out on the ice and would have told his friends not to and why. His father and I believed that because we lived near many lakes that it was very important that he understand and reconize the dangers of ice and the water which can kill you just as quickly.
Posted By Anonymous Brenda, Flint MI : 4:26 PM ET
What is really interesting to me is that once he has dragged himself out of the ice he doesn't appear to immediately make his way to the edge of the water/ice, but just continues to slide across it. Wow. There's not having the sense to come in out of the rain, and then there's pushing Darwin's theory of survival of the fittest to it's absolute limit. What an idiot.
Posted By Anonymous Jane Doe, Anytown USA : 12:29 AM ET
The will to live is what I seen in Miles. My husband has stage 4 lung cancer and I live everyday watching my husband and the pain that cancer creates. I bless all of you, who Journey down this path and always remember faith and hope is all we have. We will all meet on the other side, until then God's Speed
Posted By Anonymous Anonymous : 1:41 PM ET
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