I was saddened to read in The Sun newspaper of the little boy who was found hanged after watching a violent film based upon a Japanese suicide ritual. The films certificate is of the age 15.
A CORONER warned of the dangers of violent films yesterday after an eight-year-old boy was found hanged while watching The Last Samurai.
Lewis McGlynn was discovered hanging in his bedroom by his father John in January.
The 15 certificate film contains references to a Japanese suicide ritual.
Coroner Edward Thomas said: “He may well have been doing some of the things he might have seen in videos. It’s important kids watch what is suitable for their age.”
The inquest in Hatfield, Herts, heard Lewis would often stay up late in his bedroom watching DVDs as he was hyperactive and had difficulty sleeping.
A post mortem revealed that Lewis, of Welwyn Garden City, Herts, died as the result of a ligature to the neck.
Verdict: Accident. Source