Boy fatally shot trick-or-treating

@ronaldinu (12440)
Malta
November 1, 2008 8:13am CST
I read this story on CNN news. 12-year-old boy trick-or-treating with his family in central South Carolina was shot from inside a home Friday and killed, and his father and brother were wounded by the gunfire, authorities said. This news would certainly stop me sending my so to do trick or treating. A real sad news. Would you let your child go to knock doors for trick or treating after hearing about this incident.? © ronaldinu 2008
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
1 Nov 08
good grief, i haven't had any tv on this morning. how horrible. of course my boys are grown w/kids of their own. they don't take my gradchildren anywhere but just people they know & that's the way i did mind. of course when mine were small there as many crazy people as there is now. i'm so sorryfor that family. horrible!!!!!
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@cndn420 (2062)
• Canada
1 Nov 08
that is such a tragic story. what is supossed to be a fun night for both kids and candy givers turns out to be a nightmare. i really cant understand what people are thinking when they do sh*t like this. its really sad that these days we have to be extremely careful with Halloween whereas 15 years ago we didn't have to worry about tainted candy and people shooting other people for no reason. my heart goes out to that family
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@bunnybon7 (37464)
• Holiday, Florida
1 Nov 08
omg! i guess these days are much worse than days of past decades. especially for children. i so fondly remember when i was a child how much fun Halloween was. now not only do you have to worry about the candy, people are shooting them. i think this holiday has seen its last good celebrations.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
1 Nov 08
I know this can scare you but really what are the chances this would happen to your child. He has more chance of being hit by a car. Don't let freak things like this rule your life. If you do. you best hide under the bed and let the world go on. When the press gets a hold of things like this it just gives attention to the wrong doers.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
1 Nov 08
What a tragic story. I hope the people are caught and receive maximum sentence. That poor little boy. But, as tragic as that is, I wouldn't necessarily stop bringing my son or daughter trick or treating. How many millions and millions of children went trick or treating and had nothing bad happen? The news media will always report the tragedies, unfortunately that is what makes money for them. Who will sit glued to their tv's listening to nail biting reports of children trick or treating safely? Putting this in prespective, look at the problems happening in our schools. There are increasing incidences of gang violence, abductions from school yards, shootings, etc. Schools are spending more time and effort trying to keep our children safe, but these events are still occuring. Should all parents home school? Every time our children leave home, there is a miniscule chance that something could happen to them. Sadly, many children don't have to even leave home for that. But there are overwhelming odds that nothing bad will happen. In todays world, parents have to be more vigilant, and use more common sense. Unfortunately, like in this childs case, not everything can be prevented.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
4 Nov 08
Hi there ronaldinu Well I took my boys trick or treating as we live in a very safe area. I certainly wouldn't let them go on their own and I think that when they reach that age that they would no longer need me to go with them then they will be too old to go trick or treating anyway!
@MsTickle (24993)
• Australia
4 Nov 08
I would not let my children do this BEFORE hearing this story...far too dangerous a practice.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
3 Nov 08
That's so sad.. The boy is just so young, and that he's only having fun just like normal other kids.. SO why should he be shot for that?? I guess he's just plain unluckily,. and the man whom shot the boy, is really heartless and cruel too.. Or maybe the one whom shot him, might be just slightly older than him and that he cant join them, thus he decide to spoil it instead.. That's sad..
@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
3 Nov 08
That sounds like a very terrible story and I can not believe that someone would open fire on trick or treaters like that,and I am sad to hear that a twelve year old boy was killed and that his father and brother were wounded in the gunfire,and that is very sad,and I wonder if the guy who opened fire on them was paranoid or crazy or had a problem dealing with people,I also wonder if the person had no trespassing signs on their property,and they thought the trick or treaters were people who were trying to rob them.
@moondancer (7434)
• United States
3 Nov 08
This is so very sad. I feel badly for this family and they have my condolenses. The children in our family already go to trick or trunk that is sponsored by the local churches and to friends and family for their halloween night out. Going door to door not knowing the people and the neighborhood is very dangerous these days. I will still take the children to our regular haunts.
• Singapore
2 Nov 08
[i]i heard this news just now at the television...i pity that boy too... but i think the children should just continue to go to knock doors for trick or treat.. by the way i think they should shout trick or treat right away after they knock the door..so that people won't think that it is a robber... :][/i]
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
2 Nov 08
This is a real tradgy here in South Carolina. Freddie Grinnell should have kept his poarch light off if he didn't want any one knocking on his door. I'm surprized he didn't shoot some one earlier since this happended at 8:30. The kids respect the fact that when the poarch light is off not to knock for trick-or-treats. Some people say that they should not have stopped after going to an event but it was their own neighborhood and nothing had happend there to make them feel it wasn't safe.
• United States
2 Nov 08
i would still let them go as long as i was with them which parents should be with them anyways.. and as long as it wasnt in that same area lol.. bad things happen to people doing ordinary things every day and it doesnt stop them from living on so unless you are trick or treating in bad areas i dont see any reason on why to stop
• India
2 Nov 08
yes i haeve already read read this story on CNN news
@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
2 Nov 08
What a sad story! I have 3 sons who love going trick or treating (they are 7, 7, and 9), and hearing of this story, I still wouldn't keep them from enjoying their night out. The story on CNN was a very isolated incident I'm sure. I don't think that sort of thing happens often. But the fact that it happened on Hallowe'en just gives the media something to cling onto to share and promote the fear we already have ingrained into us.
1 Nov 08
i have no children but my mother never let me or my siblings go out trick or treating because of the area we lived in. and it provers that she was right it just isnt safe anymore. its such a shame because lots of children love to do this as a way to enjoy themselfs.