Or three, as if we needed more. From El Nuevo Diario, of Managua, Nicaragua, we get this incredibly sad item:
A 10-year-old boy of Guatemalan origins killed himself accidentally while imitating the hanging of Iraqi ex-leader Saddam Hussein after seeing images of the execution on television, the Houston Chronicle reported on Thursday.
The boy hanged himself on New Year’s Eve, by jumping off a bunk bed, a short time after viewing the images, according to the newspaper.
In Pakistan, a nine-year-old boy died on January 1 while re-enacting the hanging in a game.
With the help of his sister, 10, he attached a rope to a ceiling fan in his home and then hanged himself.
In eastern India, a 15-year-old girl hanged herself on Thursday, depressed by the execution of the ex-dictator, according to family and police.
“She said they had hanged a patriot. We didn’t take her seriously when she said she wanted to experience the pain Saddam Hussein felt during the execution,” the girl’s mother, Manmohan Karmakar, told Agence France-Presse via telephone from the city of Kharda.
Translation mine; link added.
How many more senseless tragedies will this madness reap?
Hat tip to Los Blogueros for the link.