Teen's Halloween Prank Takes a Tragic, Deadly Turn

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This is just so sad. A 16-year-old boy from Kentucky was being an ordinary, goofy big brother when he accidentally hung himself while trying to scare his sister. Jordan Morlan died on Monday after tying a noose, which his family had hung up outside their home as a Halloween decoration, around his neck in an effort to play a prank on his sister. 

Jordan’s mom, Ginger Rodriguez, says she was busy doing laundry when her daughter ran into the house to tell her that Jordan was hanging motionless from a tree. Mom’s first thought was that the teen was playing a joke on his sister, as he had been clowning around all day as the family put up Halloween decorations. But when she went to the front yard to check on him, Rodriguez couldn’t believe what she saw. Tragically, she was unable to lift him from the noose and save him. The honor student, who dreamt of one day joining the Marines, was rushed to the hospital and died from organ failure 12 hours after the horrible accident.

As parents, it’s hard not to shudder when we hear about tragedies like this one that could happen to any of us. We can’t be there with our kids every second of the day and we just pray they will not run into unexpected dangers when we’re not around. With that said, it’s important to remember that the Halloween season is actually one of the most dangerous times for kids. We need to remind them that while pranks and other Halloween activities are fun, they really need to think through their actions before acting.

We can’t stop every tragedy from occurring, of course, and it goes without saying that Jordan’s family were victims of a terrible and sad accident no one could have foreseen. Our hearts go out to his family during this difficult time.


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