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Monster Hog - Kids Hunting at Early Age

Jamison Stone, 11, was recently in the news for having killed a hog (May 2007) which he shot eight times with a pistol on a hunting preserve in eastern Alabama. Jamison has recently completed sixth grade at Christian Heritage Academy in Carrollton, Alabama. He shot the ‘hogzilla’ with a .50 caliber revolver. There was some controversy that surrounded the entire episode. Many people felt that the photograph of the hog had been doctored in Photoshop, while others felt that Jamison did not how to shoot so he couldn’t have done it.

monster hog killed by eleven year old jamison stone

In America where we have had so many school children going off on a shooting rampage in school, why exactly are children who are 11 years old allowed or trained to go hunting. Jamison, who killed his first deer at age 5, was hunting with father Mike Stone regularly after that. And once he had killed this hog trophy, father and son were accepting backslaps from family and friends. It was Jamison’s moment of pride. In effect, we are also indicating that killing is something to be proud of ….like an achievement. So is it that we are teaching our children that killing animals is okay? Where and how does the child know to draw the line?
Here is a brief bibliography of school shootings across America:

1. Feb. 2, 1996 Moses Lake, Washington – Two students and one teacher killed, one other wounded when 14-year-old Barry Loukaitis opened fire on his algebra class.
2. Feb. 19, 1997 Bethel, Alaska - Principal and one student killed, two others wounded by Evan Ramsey, 16.
3. Oct. 1, 1997 Pearl, Mississippi – Two students killed and seven wounded by Luke Woodham, 16, who was also accused of killing his mother. He and his friends were said to be outcasts who worshiped Satan.
4. Dec. 15, 1997 Stamps, Arkansas – Two students wounded. Colt Todd, 14, was hiding in the woods when he shot the students as they stood in the parking lot.
5. April 1999: Two teenagers shot dead 12 students and a teacher before killing themselves at Columbine School in Colorado.

These are only 5 of the 37 child related shootings we have had from 1997 to the most recent in 2007, where at least 32 people were killed in two shooting incidents in the campus of Virginia Tech university in Virginia.
All these children must have learnt and observed someone close to them. Blaming it all on Television & films is the easy way out. Ask Jamison, he learnt from his father. So when we hear of children going half cocked with a gun, maybe we should stop and check with ourselves……aren’t we at fault somewhere?

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One Response to “Monster Hog - Kids Hunting at Early Age”

  1. Star Carlton Says:

    Damn - thats a big hog - I think most kids would sh!t themselves at the sight of that thing.

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