10-Year-Old Dies After Playing in the Snow With His Friends

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snow fort

There is nothing more devastating than a parent losing a child -- especially when it happens just before the holidays. I honestly feel sick to my stomach after hearing about a 10-year-old boy who died after getting trapped in a snow bank while playing with his friends earlier this week.

The boy was reportedly building a snow fort with a friend near his apartment complex in western New York, when suddenly the snow collapsed on top of him.

Other children at the complex rushed to his aid to pull him out, but sadly, he passed away last night as a result of his injuries.

Ugh. This is just nothing short of horrifying. As someone who lives in the northeast, I watch my own kid and several others play in the snow all the time -- and it just seems like such an innocent and harmless activity.

In fact, just the other day, my 7-year-old was telling me how badly he wanted to build a snow fort and was asking if we could go out and buy the things he'd need to get one going in our backyard. I never thought much of it, but after hearing about this terrible accident, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous about letting him build one.

And another thing -- this story is so sad no matter how you look at it, but the fact that this boy was 10 makes it even tougher. At that age, parents don't worry as much about letting their children play alone outside because we trust them to know what's safe and what isn't.

But who would've ever thought playing in the snow could result in such a tragedy?

Hug your kids a little tighter tonight. And don't be afraid to sound like an overprotective, paranoid mom or dad before sending them outside to play. Reminding them of possible dangers and having them roll their eyes at you is better than having the unthinkable happen.

Have you ever worried about the snow being dangerous?

 

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Kediset Kediset

once when me and my bro were younger, we had dug like a tunnel or something into the snow.. bro went in the wrong way so he got stuck and I had to go fetch my dad o-o I was... surprisingly calm about it, though probably still freaking out on the inside o:

Jence... Jenceleste

Very sad for his family but accidents can happen even if you're careful. I'm not going to shelter my kids and not let them enjoy things because something might happen. It's life, we must live it, not fear every little thing that may happen. If you do that, well then you're not living!

teddy... teddysmama09

Anything in life can be dangerous. Our children can drown in their cereal, choke to death on a hot dog, die in a car accident, get hit by a drunk driver who runs through the yard etc etc etc.  but we can't live our lives believing that any of these things are going to happen and being paranoid to let our children live their lives. 

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

That is something I'm a little paranoid about because I knew a kid who died while playing at the beach, the hole caved in on him and his brother couldn't get him out. What a horrific way to die.

nonmember avatar Emmie

Anything can happen at any time and I agree that we should let them live their lives. However, there's no reason you can't give them warnings of potential dangers or show them ways to accomplish the same thing in a safer way. It makes them stop and think before they act.

missy... missybest

That is too sad for words!  Ten years old would seem old enough, but perhaps they were building a structure too large.  Terrible!  I lost a 12 year old niece.  Certainly old enough to cross the street by herself.  But, one time she wasn't!  She stepped in front of a speeding car.  Horrible head trauma - no sign of injury on her because it was all brain trauma.  Horrible!  Sincere condolences to his family and friends.  I can't even imagine how to get through something like this!

AMom29 AMom29

Where were the parents?!?  I don't let my children play outside without supervision.  They may have not been able to save him, but I think he would have had a better shot.  

nonmember avatar me

I grew up in an area where it snowed a lot during the winters and I remember everyones parents always telling their kids not to dig tunnels into the huge snow hills the plows left at the corners. We always did because we never thought the snow would collapse or if it did, wed just dig out. It never did collapse, so the next winter wed just dig deeper. We all came out unscathed, so this makes me especially sad. He died doing something I did countless times as a kid. His parents might have told him but from experience I say that he might not have listned...

kisse... kisses5050

This is sad..His parents and friends will always feel the pain of the the loss.... All ships are safe in the harbor but that is not ships were meant for.

the4m... the4mutts

How terrible :(

And where were the parents? Really? You wouldnt let an effing 10yr old play out back or out front alone? Well parent of the year award goes to your perfect ass.

My 10, 7 & 5 yr olds walk to school alone, play out back alone, my 10yr old rides his bike up and down the street alone. Shit happens!!

This was nobody's fault. It's a tragic accident that most likely would have been no different if he had parents right there.

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