October 13, 2014 1:01 pm -

A. J. Underwood, 10, was found hanging from his top bunk in his Oneonta, AL home.

“There’s absolutely nothing to indicate he did this on purpose,” Oneonta Police Chief James Chapman said. “He had been in good spirits, he was making good grades.”

The family was headed to a birthday party when A.J.’s mother checked on the boy. She found A.J., one of four children, hanging from the same rope he’d been given to practice knot tying, police said.

Neighbors called 911, but attempts to resuscitate the boy were unsuccessful and A.J. was pronounced dead at a local hospital.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

19 responses to Boy Scout Accidentally Hangs Himself In Effort To Get Merit Badge

  1. StoneyCurtisll October 13th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    What a bummer for his family…
    RIP A.J..

  2. tiredoftea October 13th, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    How do four kids go from knot tying to a hanging?

    • rg9rts October 13th, 2014 at 2:28 pm


      • tiredoftea October 13th, 2014 at 2:47 pm

        That may be too true.

    • Dwendt44 October 13th, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Hard to say at present. I’m guessing he tied a hangman’s noose and wanted to so if it worked.

  3. Commodore October 13th, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I’m no eagle scout, but I can’t think of a single knot that involves using your neck…

    • rg9rts October 13th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Masturbation 102

      • Commodore October 13th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

        Maybe if he was a little older… 10 seems a little young for that one.

        • tiredoftea October 13th, 2014 at 2:48 pm

          Even if he were an X Files fanatic, that reference would seem too adult.

  4. bpollen October 13th, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I’d trade a hundred Dick Cheney’s to get one AJ back….

    • Glen October 14th, 2014 at 6:18 am

      Please don’t use the tragedy of a young boy dying in such a way for partisan political commentary.

      • bpollen October 14th, 2014 at 6:36 am

        I agree that his death was a tragedy, but please don’t tell me what my intent was nor what my political positions are.

      • Spirit of America October 25th, 2014 at 4:23 am

        I agree with you here, sometimes it boggles me the distance some will go to drag totally unrelated and often inappropriate subjects into another story just to be spiteful and air some hate about something else.
        In this case, how in the world did ‘cheney’ even come into the mind when reading about a 10yo’s death by accident, how?
        To be so preoccupied w/hating someone/thing can’t leave a lot of room/time to enjoy life and maybe even spread a few smiles some of the time.
        My view.

        • bpollen October 27th, 2014 at 3:27 pm

          Fairly straightforward how it ‘cheney’ came to mind… it was the article I read IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING reading this article. So any great political motive that you import to the message was totally in your mind. And how the hell can I take the time to enjoy life and impart a few smiles when commenting about the death of a 10 year old??? WTF??? Kid dies, so tell a joke?

          • Spirit of America October 30th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

            “Fairly straightforward how it ‘cheney’ came to mind… it was the article I read IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING reading this article.”
            Maybe you did, and maybe you didn’t, know way for one to know that especially since you didn’t mention that originally.

            “So any great political motive that you attach to the message was totally in your mind” – I didn’t mention politics, I mentioned hating so much some will take any opportunity to bring it out.

            “WTF??? Kid dies, so tell a joke?”
            I never said to tell jokes while posting about a child, I said how can one so preoccupied w/hating ever have time to spread a few smiles…

          • bpollen October 31st, 2014 at 7:17 am

            Cast doubt on my veracity when I answer you question about how “cheney” came up, apparently feel that I should include a justification and provenance for my posts, claim that I went incredible lengths to make a statement just to be spiteful (a mindreader too! you are amazing!), and then tell me about my preoccupation and how it doesn’t leave me time to stop and smell the roses (look out Dr. Ablow, there is a new shrink in town!) all while not even bothering to mention the child except as a cudgel to beat me with. Real personal for you, eh? Did I insult your idol?

  5. eddie1247 October 13th, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Rip little guy.

  6. whatthe46 October 13th, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    he’s just a baby.

  7. Spirit of America October 31st, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    That’s ok by me.