Wednesday, January 23, 2008

TV will kill you

Remember as a kid how your mum used to tell you that sitting too close to the TV would cause your eyes to turn square? Well, I'm here to tell you that too much tv can kill you (or at least the person next to you).

A male resident of Chelyabinsk, a city in Russia’s Ural region, brutally murdered a three-year-old boy, who did not let him watch TV. The enraged man stabbed the child about 30 times.

Case papers on the brutal murder of the child have already been sent to the Chelyabinsk District Court, press centre of the regional public prosecutor's office says.

The man killed the child just because the boy disturbed him when he was watching TV. The murderer inflicted 27 knife wounds on the boy’s chest and neck. At the moment of murder the accused was under the influence.

It is noteworthy that a similar murder of a child already took place in the Chelyabinsk region three months ago. The man killed the three-year-old son of his mistress. The child was crying too loudly, and the stepfather strangled him. Afterwards it was discovered that the child was a handicapped individual from birth and suffered from deafness, heart disease and infantile cerebral paralysis.

Another similar incident occurred in the Moscow region in September. A mother slaughtered her three-year-old son because he bothered her while she was resting. in Pushkino, Moscow region.

It should be noted that television often becomes an apple of discord that leads to a lethal outcome. About a month ago a woman slaughtered her husband after the latter ‘confiscated’ the remote control.

Even children sometimes do not yield to adults in this respect. A twelve-year-old boy knifed his elder brother while fighting for TV in the USA in November 2007.

In Russia’s Karelia a grandchild killed his own granny for the same reason. The teenager and the elderly lady could not come to a unanimous decision which TV program to watch. The infuriated grandchild attacked his grandmother with a knife. The woman died soon after the fight.

I suppose that one TV free night a week isn't looking so bad now after all?

from Pravda -

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