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Boy Jumps From Bridge Onto U.S. 1

Posted February 28, 2008

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— Apex police reported that a 14-year-old student from Lufkin Road Middle School jumped off Ten Ten Road onto U.S. Highway 1 Thursday afternoon.

Wake County schools spokesman Michael Evans said the eighth-grader was facing disciplinary action and left school grounds. He was walking along Ten Ten Road when the principal approached. When the boy saw the principal, he jumped off the bridge.

It is about 30 feet from the bridge rail to the pavement on U.S. 1, authorities said.

Police said oncoming cars avoided the boy after he landed. He was taken to WakeMed, where he was listed in stable condition.

The jump did not cause any other accidents, officials said. U.S. 1 was closed briefly immediately after the boy jumped.


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  • Greene Giant Feb 29, 2008

    Having problems with children is an age old dilema. As parents, we can seek guidance from our elders, from our religion, ethics, but in the long run, it is we who have to set the rule(s). You spend many years rearing them and when it's time to let them go, you just hope that all you have done sticks with them. What parents need to remember and remember well, is children learn from them. You have to ask yourself if this is what you really want them to learn. I've seen parents with children parking their vehicles in fire lanes or zooming down the road, sometimes 2 or 3 cars in a row, bumper to bumper, with their little ones right up front with them, no care, no worry for them or their future. You see it every day. Discipline is everyone's problem, but it has to start with the parent, and many times, it is the parent who needs it. We all make mistakes, especially children. But the parent needs to see if a child knows the difference of right and wrong, as well as looking at themselves.

  • Shadow213 Feb 29, 2008

    i see a lot of comments about bad parenting up here...and while i do think that definitely goes on in a lot of cases. i don't necessarily know if it applies in this case. it takes an extreme circumstance for someone to want to throw themseves over a bridge -- my guess is the kid has some psychological issues (depression, anyone??). believe it or not but psych issues are caused by chemical imbalances...not bad parenting. the guy probably has some major emo problems and took it to the next level by jumping. Emo people do tend to have an elevated need for attention. their train of thought is along the lines of "see what you made me do?"

  • mmania Feb 29, 2008


    That was a real nice "it's all about me" comment. God forbid you were troubled.

  • enigma1469 Feb 29, 2008

    The only victims here are those who were held up in traffic. I was one of them.

  • beachboater Feb 29, 2008

    WagonQueenFamilyTruckster - Well said. Unfortunately, nobody listens to common sense.

  • NCAries Feb 29, 2008

    I'm glad this young man is alright. He should have just taken the detention or whatever and avoided all this confusion. I don't think he was trying to commit suicide. He seemed to be just trying to get away from the school authority and whatever problem he didn't want to confront. I guess he's getting a hard lesson in making things worse by trying to run from your problems. As for teaching the kids...when the adults around them become more responsible, respectable, self-disciplined, morally upright then and only then will the kids stand a chance.

  • mommy2caroline Feb 29, 2008

    What a stupid thing for him to do. He's lucky he didn't turn into a pancake and have a driver forced to live with an unintentional and unavoidable situation.

  • TheAdmiral Feb 29, 2008

    oh, and by the way, I'm a grandfather

  • TheAdmiral Feb 29, 2008

    My question you is why were you entrusting the school system to discipline your daughter when it is YOUR responsibility?

    If you can't control your own kids I suggest you go in the therapy. And is really a no-brainer that if you have a problem with your kids there professionals out there the configure out what's wrong. If you don't wanna face up that you have a problem you're not assisting anybody in fixing today's problems. You just sit there fume because you don't know the answer; don't ask for help; and then your surprised when your kid gets arrested for doing something stupid.

    You parents have to realize that you have skin and the game if you're not willing to take the responsibility should have kids in first place. It's unfortunate the parents who have kids today think they got a bad shake when they were growing up. But they'll realize that babying their kid today is not giving them a fair shake tomorrow.

    If you can't control your kids go see a psychoanalyst.

  • RainierBeer Feb 29, 2008

    angora2, Did you ever think about taking away the PRIVILEGE of driving to school? I always found the school bus was a mighty sword to wield in my daughter's high school comings and goings...