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'Jackass' stunt sidetracks would-be Jayhawk


¢ A would-be Kansas University freshman, injured in a stunt inspired by the TV show "Jackass," is highlighted as part of a [Lincoln Journal-Star][1] story about injuries resulting from imitators of the show. The young man's mother lives in Eudora.Recall the dumbest of all the stupid things you did in high school? Joe White can't.Rather than go to his homecoming dance Sept. 29, the 18-year-old got drunk and jumped from a car going 35 mph while someone inside recorded the stunt on film.The Topeka, Kan., teenager had seen the "Jackass" sequel the night before. The movie was spun from a former MTV program featuring skateboarders and others doing reckless stunts.Now, Joe is at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital learning again to feed himself. He struggles to stand with assistance from therapists and can't speak. He faces an uncertain and long recovery, although it's unlikely he'll ever be exactly as he was.¢ Let the debating begin: The police chief in Jackson, Miss., is disputing his city's No. 9 ranking among the most dangerous metropolitan areas in the country, according to the [Jackson Sun][2]. The rankings were released earlier this week by Lawrence-based Morgan Quitno Press."That's not to say that Jackson doesn't have more than its fair share of crime because we do," (Police Chief Rick) Staples said. However, "it's really not a true representation of how safe it is or how dangerous it is," Staples said of the findings.Meanwhile, the police chief in Mesa, Ariz., seems to take the rankings seriously in this a href="http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1031brk-mesacrime1031.html">Arizona Republic story. Mesa ranked 191st out of the 371 safest cities."191st is not exactly a great thing. It's very mediocre. We should not be proud of being mediocre. We should be demanding excellence," Gascón said. He said he is not surprised by the ranking._"I knew we weren't doing very well," Gascón said. "We're moving in the right direction, but it's going to take awhile for us to fix it."_ [1]: http://www.journalstar.com/articles/2006/11/01/local/doc4547cfa34315b483133027.txt [2]: http://www.jacksonsun.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061101/NEWS01/611010314/1002


geekin_topekan 11 years, 4 months ago

The complete article says he is a video buff and intended to study film at KU. I have a great idea.I know he has to have footage of his friends and his crazy self before the "accident".According to the article there should be footage of his stunt.Why not have his parents act as interim directors while he his indisposed and get some great and painful footage of his recovery.Put them all together as a short film and show it to anyone else who thinks that these antics are a good idea.Maybe save someone a little pain and suffering?

feeble 11 years, 4 months ago

If someone thinks jumping out of a moving car, much less one going 35 mph, is a good idea, i doubt a short docu-drama will do anything to discourage the individual.

bugmenot 11 years, 4 months ago

Hockmano: Shut up with your holier than you guys crap. While you are wasting time on the internet message board people across this country and world are dieing for many different reasons. Go save somebody instead of wasting your time here. Otherwise shut the hell up.

Aufbrezeln Eschaton 11 years, 4 months ago

At least he took himself out of the pool before he bred. Chalk one up for the Darwinmeister!!! I feel sorry as crap for his poor mom, but I'm sorry, I'm too big of a misanthropist to give a tin poo about people who hurt/kill themselves engaging in known reckless behavior.

hockmano 11 years, 4 months ago

You people truly don't care about anyone but yourselves. Your mother's should have thought once or twice before breeding. Maybe then you would make more educated statements. The lack of sensitivity on these boards is ridiculous. Get a life people! And start spreading love instead of ignorance.

bugmenot 11 years, 4 months ago

I felt sorry for him and his family until I read that they partially blame the movie jackass for this and considered suing. Maybe they should consider suing themselves as parents seeing how they failed to instill common sense in their kid. Why not just sue every single movie, book, song that has any kind of extreme act instead of taking responsibility for the action.

geekin_topekan 11 years, 4 months ago

According to the article his mother said of her six kids he was not the one she would have guessed to try this stunt. I am curios,which one would she have predicted?

weluvbowling 11 years, 4 months ago

Well then, maybe the parents should sue the car manufacturer also for allowing the doors to open while the car is in motion...it's about the same thing! Stupid is as stupid does!

compmd 11 years, 4 months ago

darwin award indeed. people never cease to amaze me. this is seriously just beyond my comprehension.

Bone777 11 years, 4 months ago

Everybody just needs to take it easy. Who, at some point in their lives, hasn't thought it would be a good idea to jump from a vehicle travelling at 35 mph.

If the parents are seeking someone to blame, after they get done with their son, they can look to the driver and the guy with the video camera.

Bud Stagg 11 years, 4 months ago

You know the family is going to sue the makers of Jackass for making him want to do this stunt. I think the makers of the movie should counter sue the parents for their inability to teach him to not do stupid stuff.

When are people going to take responsibility for their actions? Wait, I see a pig with wings...

kmat 11 years, 4 months ago

As a retired teacher, I will tell you that YOUR children (yes, your children that you think are too smart to try anything like this) do idiotic things all the time. The standard quote from any parent when their kid gets in trouble - "I would have never thought my child would do anything like this. I didn't raise them to act this way.".

Moral of the story - kids are kids. They are always doing things you'd never think they'd be dumb enough to do. If you'd stop putting your kids and yourself on a pedistal and actually found out the things your kids really do, you'd change your story. Stop dogging on this kids dumb antics. Go find out what your kids have been doing.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 4 months ago

The story clearly states that he was drunk at the time. This is not about "stupidity" or whether or not he was raised with or without good judgment. You cannot easily get a sense of how a person is by evaluating their behavior while drunk. No one can be trusted to do smart stuff when under the influence.

BTW: The parents SHOULD SUE... the person who provided him with the booze. This is about underage drinking and underscores why teenage drinking needs to be taken seriously.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 4 months ago

"Go find out what your kids have been doing."

Good one. I'm always amazed that I'm not dead or crippled after some of the stuff I've done. We nearly all have stories about stupid/silly things we should not have done. Every now an then, the odds catch up with a kid and someone gets really hurt.

Christine Pennewell Davis 11 years, 4 months ago

after the jackarss movie came out for about a week I just kept hearing stories on the news about movie prank copycats, kids will be kids and they get dumb ideas from dumb movies. My best wishes to the family, and keep up the pt get better soon.

mommy3 11 years, 4 months ago

At least he was drunk...OUCH!!!! I can't stand that show. I've seen it once, and everytime it literally makes me sick! They should take that show off the air, or at least show the scenes from the hospital when those guys are in real pain. The one time I watched the show, this guy was pranking a DR. and shoved a toy car up his A**!! Come on, he was in pain...but I guess you'll do almost anything to be famous????? What the heck is wrong with those guys?

Harry_Manback 11 years, 4 months ago

I don't really think this has anything to do with underage drinking. This guy was legally an adult and not a child. Plenty of people who are under 21 drink everyday, and they don't do anything stupid. Regardless, it's not the person who bought him the alcohol's fault. Really, in this case the only person he can blame is himself.

people keep saying "kids." Well, this guy wasn't a kid. He was 18, which the law sees as an adult. What about all the countless others who see the movie and don't do anything? It's a lot easier to blame others.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 4 months ago

"Well, this guy wasn't a kid. He was 18, which the law sees as an adult. "

Not in the realm of drinking. Your "everyone gets smashed" perspective is exactly why KIDS like this get into trouble.

kmat 11 years, 4 months ago

I can't believe I'm reading that 18 isn't a kid and the "what's the big deal" with a drunk 18 year old.

Plenty of kids do drink everyday that are under 21, and they DO plenty of stupid things. My god, this is a college town and people want to claim that drunk kids don't do stupid things!!!???!!! Is Harry Manback underage, because that's the only reason I can think of for his moronic post.

Once you get older you will realize that is IS WRONG to give booze to underage kids and that 18 year olds ARE kids.

And to mommy3 - do you want to get rid of the 1st Ammendment? If you don't like the show, don't watch it. Don't let your kids watch it. Some of us find it quite hilarious. I'm much older than these "kids", and I still think the show is funny. I love people watching, and you can't find better people watching on tv than Jackass. If these guys want to do disgusting things for attn and money, and people want to watch them do disgusting things for money, great! Don't try to censor other people's programming because you don't like it. That's why we have hundreds of channels to chose from.

weluvbowling 11 years, 4 months ago

First off, for anyone who has seen both "Jackass" movies, EVERYWHERE, from begining to the end, they state, DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME...HELLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOO that did not mean go out and try it on the road...what a Dumba**! He is not even smart enough to be in the same group as the creators of "Jackass". If you notice, ANYTHING those guys do, they always have "trained" individual assisting them. The family needs to stop while they are ahead and not out a "Jackass " load of money for nothing! Pratice reading and listening skills! It saves lives!

Harry_Manback 11 years, 4 months ago

No, I'm not underage. I just think it's stupid that an 18-20 year old can die for his country, but not drink a beer. I've lived in countries where the drinking age was 16, and I also see how ridiculously drunk people over the age of 21 get too. It's a totally different issue, but we charge 18 year olds as adults for a variety of crimes everyday. Regardless of his maturity level, 18 is an adult. It's wrong to give kids booze you say. What if the "kid" giving the other "kid" booze is only a month or a week or 3 years older than them?

I turned 21 a week before my boyfriend. I bought him beer during that week. Does that mean I was an "adult" giving booze to a "kid." I don't think so!

I feel really bad for this guy and his family, but come on people!

Shardwurm 11 years, 4 months ago

Yes Harry it's wrong. An 18 - 20 year old can die for his/her country because they VOLUNTEER. There is no draft. There is no mandatory service. Simply because someone chooses a certain career doesn't mean it should give them the right to consume alcohol.

Your argument was used for voting back in the 60s and it was appropriate because there was a draft. Today it has no merit.

Allowing alcohol to be served to 18-year-olds is a really bad idea. I know because I was a teenager in Kansas when it was legal. There were many, many instances of kids dying in car accidents as a result.

"I turned 21 a week before my boyfriend. I bought him beer during that week. Does that mean I was an "adult" giving booze to a "kid." I don't think so!"

Actually, you did in fact violate the law.

mommy3 11 years, 4 months ago

I don't watch the show, I said " I watched it ONE time." I wouldn't dare let my kids watch it! Even if they say "Don't try this at home." What the hell do they think kids are going to do? They are real people doing stupid stuff with real stuff. No props, no ropes attached, no special effects. You say, "They have trained individuals assisting them." What type of training do you need to shove a toy car up your a safely? Or shoot a bottle rocket out your a safely?? What profession covers that? It's just plain dumb. I am not taking away your rights......I'm using my right to post my views.

Tychoman 11 years, 4 months ago

mommy3, when that guy put the car up there, I almost wet myself I was laughing so hard. Most of the stupid crap they do on that show is HILARIOUS but I would never consider reproducing. Hence, this kid is an idiot idiot idiot idiot.

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