Boy dies after friends imitate Naruto

A family is in mourning after an accident in a playground left their 10-year-old dead.

Codey Porter of Everett, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, died on Saturday after friends buried him in a sandbox, according to The Seattle Post Intelligencer. The boys were apparently imitating the popular anime show Naruto.

The children were allegedly reenacting one of the show's character's special attacks, where the target is enveloped in sand. Though the boy thrashed around when he couldn't breathe, his friends apparently thought he was joking and didn't pull him out until damage had already been done. He died later in a hospital, surrounded by his family.

Though the incident seems like a perfect lightning rod for watchdog groups to curse Naruto and call for its end, the general consensus is the death is simply the result of a tragic accident.

Naruto is a wildly popular cartoon imported from Japan that follows young ninjas. It currently airs on the Cartoon Network.

[UPDATE] Video news report on the matter is here.

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I'm sorry but everyone here who agrees that naruto Is a bad influence is retarded. Most people here have not even watched the show so have no idea what there talking about. Only because 3 retarded kids tried killed their friends trying to copy Gaara the Sand Ninja does not mean at all that it was Cartoon Networks fault. These kids clearly had something wrong in their brains thinking they should bury their friend in the sand. God damn what is wrong with the wrong RETARDED CHILD JUTSU
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This is why Cartoon Network sucks and they're brain washing kids and regressing them to early child years and forcing kids to watch child friendly shows. The mom is in the wrong and I'm here to bring this topic back up.
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Also for those watching CN now don't the original people don't own it they gave it to the people who SUED Cartoon Network it's time the truth came out!
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So retarded, half the time Gaara doesn't even cover his Opponents heads in Sand when he exicutes his moves anyway.
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Either sand coffin or sand burial. Moves by a guy in the series called Gaara of the Sand
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if u miss (naruto) then go and watch (naruto shippuden)
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Sabaku Kyo
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Reenactment Style: Retarded child no jutsu!
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Idk to me this sorta seems fake
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Seriously I started read and watch Naruto when I was like six years old and I used to play it with my brothers but we did not get the stupid idea to bury each others heads in sand even if we did fight and so but seriously who are so stupid that they bury someones head in the sand
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The parents should have been watching there kids like GOOD parents do..not put the blame on a TV show. The "scene" the kids were probably acting out is a character named Gaara's attack where he covers whoever in sand..and kills them..its called Sand Coffin or Sand Burial..honestly when I was 10 years old, I was smart enough to know something called Sand Coffin or Sand Burial might not be the best thing to go do. The parents are the ones to blame, it was in their backyard, under their supervision, and multiple other things.
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"A family is in mourning after an accident in a playground left their 10-year-old dead."

yeah, totally in the backyard.
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It's Amazing How One Dumb Ass Kid gets a great Anime like Naruto Cancelled for the rest of America. And now even Disney XD cancels Shippudden. One fag ruins it for the rest of us.
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You do know this happened before disney aired it right?
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Wow okay, you're a moron. An incredibly sadistically stupid moron. Naruto didn't get cancelled because of this kid you idiot, Naruto had its run. Do your research and stop disrespecting a poor innocent (DEAD MIGHT I ADD) kid. I'd like to see how you'd feel if a family member of yours imitated a show and died, and the fans of that show disrespected your family member.
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good thing he died before he had a chance to grow up and have retarded children of his own
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Why are you a retarded parent? The kid died, show some respect morons. It could have been your child.
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That is so mean you slack bastard go to hell
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The real antagonist is the parents why did they not teach the kid what is real and what is fake!
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People want to remove Naruto from television because CHILDREN accidentally killed another child when trying to act out a scene, well to that i say why didn't the parents of the still alive children previously teach them why one doesn't ingest large amounts of sand?

Children these days definitely seem to be lacking common sense, kinda matches up as alot of parents these days are bloody retarded, especially in America. _
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wow, that was a deep sandpit! XD



poor kid, RIP. But i do agree, where were the parents?
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Sand burial!

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Wow people, it's the parents and the childrens faults, they should know the difference between cartoon and reality BEFORE the age of 10. Heck, I knew the difference when I was 7.
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Its the parents for not describing the difference between reality and fiction and also the child's fault for letting his friends bury him. He is 10 but you know that 10 year olds are freaking kids. They think the are invincible etc. This has happened with several tv shows when children imitate them. Great shows like the Power Rangers or DBZ, are also blamed for these incidents and its not there fault. It IS TV PG for a reason.
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i think a 10 year old boy should no not to copy somthing impossible
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LOL
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I cant lie, Gaara is pretty badass but i wouldnt try to copy him. that kid actually wasnt coppying him apparently, he was being a victim of Gaara, i dont recall Gaara ever encasing his head in sand, cuz then guess what, he'd die. ninjas need air too. i hate it when little kids watch naruto and play ninja, i wont say im happy he died but i sure dont feel sad because of it, i lol'd at first when i saw the vid about it on youtube.
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it is really stupid tht this boy wud go ahead and bury himself underground just like chomy said he shud be old enough to know he cant breathe underground
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This whiny, crappy guitar hero gen just wants to be wannabee's and pretenders instead of finding a real martial arts teacher and really learning martial arts. Don't blame the parents, don't blame the show. Blame the stupid idiotic kids for thinking they could imitate something they saw on a cartoon and nothing bad would happen. They had just as much karmic responsibility in this equation.
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im pretty sure its the paents fault for not watching the childen while they play its also the parents fault for letting them watch naruto if the parents dislike the show dont let them watch it and its also the kids fault i mean im pretty sure a 10 year old boy should know that you can brethe underground duh! and if they didnt know its the parents fault for not teaching the kids that you cant brethe while your head in a foot under ground and personally to cancle a whole show just because the parents arent responcible i think its the stupidess thing in my life
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From what i have read about this, this doesn't seem like an accident at all, if the kids friends watch the show then they know that that would kill him. if it were 5 yr old's i would think an accident but freak'in 10yr olds... this seems more on purpose. I know it sounds cold but it's what i think.
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come on the boy was 10 years and he was stupid enough to let his friends buir him in the sand which by the way was just a FOOT OF SAND NOW I CAN UNDERSTAND IF THIS WAS AT A BEACH OR SOMETHING but IT WAS IN HIS BACKYARD i'm sorry the kid died but if your ten you should now that you can't breath under sand plus why didm't you just roll to get out once you figured out you could breath somethings telling me that this more of murder cause at ten your old you should things like that should fall under murder so don't blame the show blame the kids for not helping and the parents for not watch them cause were they at did they ask them what they were doing did they say mommy mommy me and friends are going to immitate a fighting show thats just really dumb of here to not figure what they are doing buiring there son then there just stupid
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really they can't be smart enough not too do what Naruto show do they should know that by now err not i don't know it depends how old they are. Still i fill sorry for the kid (T_T).
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=( R.I.P. Bro=(

Blame the parents...Not the show!!!
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R.i.p lil dude anyway Naruto is a 13+ Anime this is why parents should'nt give kids shows that they can't mentally handle that's why unfortuneate things like this happen
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well

naruto is an 13+ anime !

and the boy is only 10 ! this accident is parents' fault !



poor kid !
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But he was probably watching it on Cartoon Network which is like 6+ or something
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OK either parents don't sit down with their children and watch TV with them so that they can tell them "child if you ever try this in my house or anywhere else you will be grounded until you are thirty seven years old,or ten year old children are kind of slow to catch that when you see the flailing arms it means I'm either scared or a really good actor.
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OK either parents don't sit down with their children and watch TV with them so that they can tell them "child if you ever try this in my house or anywhere else you will be grounded until you are thirty seven years old,or ten year old children are kind of slow to the flailing arms mean I'm either scared or a really good actor.
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10 year old's are old enough that they don't need to be watched 24/7. Meaning mainly its both the kids fault for doing something that stupid. Its the parents fault for raising stupid children and letting their stupid children watch a show they mentally can't handle. It's also the schools fault for not telling the parents that their children are stupid. Its society's fault for allowing stupid parents raise stupid children. It's america's fault that our children are so spoiled that they have enough free time to bury each other in sand while other kids are working so they have enough money to eat for the day.

Either this is Darwin's law the fittest survive or sometimes stuff just happens get over it.
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They could have atleast sprinkled sand on him.
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They could have atleast sprinkled alot of sand on him
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LOL at "It's a cartoon called NAH-RUE-TOOE!"

Anyways,blame the parents and the show!

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Right, why don't ban every cartoon in the face of earth while those folks are at it. Apart from imitating a cartoon or not, or what really happened, I've had close ones when i was a child but of course tried to save the kids life since those times scared the willies out of me. This kind of things can happen any time with or without any source.

This is a fine example of people, parent are the worst, that go in the all day routine of being "blind", close minded, irresponsible and for the worst, they give birth to the child and are not parents and they dont deserve the title... in other terms the kid will watch it sooner or later, but you have to teach them what is right or wrong or for this matter, what to do or not to do.
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Naruto is not to blame. Naruto is the best show on cartoon network!
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This is sad, but I dont think they can really blame Naruto on this. My friends and I used to imitate Harry Potter. Its the same thing really, only on a much larger scale.

Naruto is a great show though. I don;t blame them from trying to play it.
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Poor kid! This reminds me of when kids in Turkey pretended to be Lugia after watching Pokemon,then their legs got cut off! What DigiGirl11 said about the Spongebob death is not true,as it is a rumor.Here is proof:
http://www.snopes.com/horrors/parental/spongebob.asp But anyway,I'd blame the show. Naruto does not say "Kids,try and imitate what we do!" It's the boys friends' fault for doing it. The kids were doing the wrong thing in the first place.
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they should not cancelled the show copying garra jutsu is one thing but a 10 year old kid doing it that so dumd even if the hurricane chronicles/shippuden on adult swim when it come on feb. 7,2009 i imite naruto and the ninetail fox nothing happen to me if they do cancelled the show their is a other way to watch it on your computer. If the shippuden comes on the air in america it will be chaso in the making.
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K seriously if anyone blames it on the show naruto means there complete idiots its the kids fault for not helping his friend and for the other persons fault for letting someone bury him... ALSO NARUTO ROCKS!!!!
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Naruto is the BEST!! shoe ever so they should not take Naruto of cause it was the stupid kids fault and the parents.Any kid could have died from another show like death note and bleach but it would not be the shows fault.DO!! NOT!!! blame Naruto the BESTEST!!!,HOTTSET!!!,COOLEST!!!,AWESOMEST!!,and INCREDIBLE!!! show ever.
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Why Would You Even Try That? It's A Cartoon, Not Like You Can Manipulate Sand Or Anything Like Gaara. God, And You'd Think They Would Know This. I Don't Feel Bad Because It Was HIS Fault. I Actually Think It's Rather Funnny. >:)
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Yeah,don't blame Naruto.It was the stupid kids fault and the stupid parents.Naruto is the only AWESOMEST!!!,COOLEST!!!,and HOTTEST!! show ever.I love Naruto and everyboby else also do and they know it was not Naruto to blame but to blame the parents,SO DON'T!!! blame Naruto the GREATEST!!! show in the planet.I also play Naruto outside and inside and I nothong happened to me.I started playing when Naruto started.It must had been the boy's time to die.Naruto is the BEST!!! and a BIZILLION!!! TIMES!!!! BETTER!!! than any other shows.So DON'T blame Naruto blame the kids and the parents.
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Yeah don't blame Naruto. It was the kids fault for being stupid, I mean HE WAS TEN years old, he should've known better. -shakes head-
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Wow, I would blame the parents. Where were they? I mean come on, it takes more than five to ten minutes to let something like that happen! Don't blame Naruto.
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wow that's kinda unbelievable :-O
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where the hell was the parents?
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I'm worried for the fate of the human race.

Seriously, I'm sorry the kid is dead, it's terrible, but be reasonable -- [i]it's not the show's fault[/i]. The characters on screen don't go and say, "Okay everybody's who's watching this, try and imitate everything we do!" How can you blame the show for it? When I was three I got hurt when I was playing 'Power Rangers' (fell off the couch I was jumping on and hit my eye on the corner of the coffee table). My mom knew what I was doing when I got hurt, but she didn't blame the show -- she blamed me (and rightfully enough, considering she'd told me not to jump on the couch or bed). The point of that story is: it's a child's own stupidity if they get hurt trying to imitate something they saw on TV. And I mean, a [i]ten-year-old[/i]? I dunno about you guys, but I had a better sense of judgement than [i]that[/i] when I was ten. I just can't see how anyone can blame the show

R.I.P Kid. Better luck in your next life
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