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BELLEVUE, Neb. – Some neighborhood kids learned a valuable lesson the other day while playing around with some gasoline when one of them went up in flames. A group of kids ranging from 6 to 14-years-old were in a backyard playing with some gasoline, using it to set action figures on fire and other stupid shit kids do with gas. But things got REAL stupid when a 14-year-old decided put some gas in a tin cup and set it on fire. The container became to hot for him to hold so he throw the glass, accidentally dumping the fiery contents onto 8-year-old Brett Olsen. Brett had enough common sense to drop and roll to extinguish the flames, but the damage had been done. He suffered second-degree burns to his back, a side and one leg. His 7-year-old brother suffered first-degree burns to his hands while trying to put his brother out. You can see by the following video that Brett has a painful recovery ahead, but overall he is very lucky. Even though police are classifying the incident as an accident, the 14-year-old has been charged with second-degree assault.

Personally I find it crazy that they have filed criminal charges against the teen. Police say that they know it was not intentional, but the injuries to Brett happened because of the older teen’s recklessness. But I have a problem with that. Going by the reports, all of these kids were playing with fire, as most kids do at some point. I don’t see how this accident lays squarely on the shoulders of the older minor. Hell, even the police admit that they had a lot of difficulty getting the kids to talk and even when they did, they got several different versions of what happened. Whatever. regardless of the charges, hopefully these kids learned their lesson. Like me and my friends did when we accidentally set the neighborhood creek on fire.

Here is some video of Brett along with his mother. “It was a shock, I never in a million years dreamed one of my children would literally be caught on fire, accident or no accident, it doesn’t matter, children shouldn’t play with fire of any sort,” she says.

The fact that the accused father needed a translator to say that it was just an accident caused by kids being stupid, followed by the reporter saying that the mother disagrees along with her comments, leads me to believe that aside from the criminal charges – the 14-year-old’s family is about to be introduced to the great, American lawsuit.

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