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Teen set on fire over $40 video game

Michael Brewer, Courtesy of CBS 4 (WFOR)

 While surfing the internet this afternoon at work I stumbled on one of the most gruesome, disgusting, horrific stories that I have ever read. It appears as if video gaming may take some heat again for some ridiculous acts, performed by some disturbed children. The incident took place in Deerfield Beach, Florida on Wednesday of this week. Five teenage boys are being charged with setting a young man on fire because he owed one of them $40, money he borrowed to pay for a video game.

The victim, 15-year old Michael Brewer, was doused with rubbing alcohol by one of the suspects, while another suspect threw a lighter onto Michael igniting him into flames. The three other suspects were content standing around watching this young man burn to death. Michael Brewer is currently be held in the intensive care burn unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital in a medically induced-coma due to the extreme pain of the burns. Sixty-five percent of this young man’s body is covered in burns; half of his scalp is completely burned away, as well as, his eyelashes and eyebrows. According to Dr. Nicholas Namias, the director of the Burn Center at Jackson Memorial, “Michael is doing as well as we could hope someone could do with this condition. But don’t mistake that for being good. This is obviously a very bad thing, a very serious thing…Burn patients only really start to get sick four, five, or six days into it.”

Michael Brewer has a long way to go in his recovery. According to doctors he is going to face massive infections and possible organ failures in the future. It’s hard to believe that less than a week ago this was a young kid who was just trying to hang out with people who he thought were his friends. Today, his parents aren’t even able to recognize the face of their beloved child.

The actions of these five boys can never be forgiven, but the blame doesn’t fully fall on the children themselves. Rather, I blame the parents of these children. What sort of environment do these kids live in, if the first thought in handling problems is pouring alcohol on someone and lighting them on fire? I know people are going to say that you can not blame the parents, but I say why not? These children are reflections of the environment that is projected upon them. The most disturbing part of this story I have held onto until now. When the ringleader and another suspect were questioned by police, their first reaction was to laugh at it. That is something that is not only wrong with the child, but also something that is reflected by the parents that raise these children.

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  • Ethan Z. 5 years ago

    Sounds like the kids who did the act belong in an asylum of sorts, because laughing about something like this can only mean mental instability.

  • Clay T 5 years ago

    the parents of these kids should be put in jail, and the kids should go to jail to, i dont care how young they are.

  • Jackie W. 5 years ago

    I am still in shock and get sick every time I think about it. What would even make someone do that? They must have mental problems and the least they can do is spend the rest of their lives rotting in jail. This poor kid will NEVER have a normal life. Him and his family are in my prayers

  • Meljean 5 years ago

    I am sickened by this, and just as much so by the "expert" who says teenagers can't be expected to think logically. BULL. It wasn't that long ago, that 15/16 year olds got married, got jobs, built house, started families and were expected to be productive members of society. If the "experts" would stop mollycoddling kids, and parents could correct their children, then maybe things like this wouldn't happen. These "unthinking" kids didn't set themselves on fire, did they??? Gee, looks like they learned something somewhere huh. Fire burns! We are seeing several generations of nothing but sociopaths being raised, and turned loose on society. And Ethan Z.'s comment about putting them in an asylum? I work with mentally retarded adults, and our agency takes in this type of people,and puts them in with elderly/handicapped people, and when they hit staff/other residents, the law won't do anything because of the retardation.

  • Matt B 5 years ago

    There's too many people around. Just LOOK around. It's not like we need more people to survive. We actually need far less people in the world. Bunch of do-gooder wannabes. Survival of the fittest. I'm glad he got burned and I hope he dies.

  • Tasha (Bent) Owen 5 years ago

    Personally, I think that these "KIDS" need to rot in jail- or in hell for what they did. this 15 yr old child, will have nightmares for the rest of his life, not to mention all the surgeries it's gonna take to repair even part of the damage, but even with skin graphs his body will never be whole again. I am keeping Mikey in my thoughts and hope for all the best for him and his family. as for Matt B, maybe you should try to trade place with him in the ICU, because it's people like you that make things worse and you make me wanna puke.

  • Jordana 5 years ago

    Okay .. Really ? If this was you, you wouldn't want to be burned . Yeah .. the kid owed him money .. but there was no need in burning him .. and if you think about it .. this little guy is going to be scared for the rest of his life ! wow ..

  • matt b 5 years ago

    Yeah, it's not me. Deal with it.

  • Tasha (Bent) Owen 5 years ago

    welllll, maybe it should be you, then maybe you'd have a few different thoughts about what him and his family are going through. personally, yo pienso tu es un pinche pieza de mierda y necesito chinga su madre, pinche puto punatero. i was just sitting here wondering if Matt B stands for Matthew Bent, and if so.. or even if not, go to hell.

  • Tommy 5 years ago

    That kid was ugly anyway.

  • Robin 5 years ago

    @ Tasha (Bent) Owen
    Speak English por favore

  • Examiner Admin 5 years ago

    Daniel! Congratulations on the top story on! You're a dick.

  • mrphy 5 years ago

    wonder wot game it wuz

  • Trey Anastasio 5 years ago

    We are gonna set US Bank Arena on FIYAAAAAA

  • freddy mercury 5 years ago

    trey, you're a dick. it's unresponsible role models like you that make kids grow up with skewed visions on life. you're not funny. i like men.

  • Human Torch 5 years ago

    Flame on!

  • Rick T 5 years ago

    And the love of the great body of people will grow cold because of the multiplied lawlessness and iniquity, Matthew 24:12

    The fact kids can light another kid on fire and laugh about it later is so wicked, we must be in the last days. These need Jesus Christ for forgiveness as we all do.

    Adrian Rogers - No Other Way to Heaven Except Through Jesus (1 of 5) check it out on Youtube

  • Rick T 5 years ago

    I would like to say that humanity is getting worse because society has gotten worse and has allowed evil video gaming, endorsed horribly apathetic hollywood movies, allowed pornography to entice the perverted to act out their crimes. Have you ever noticed all the killing games that parents buy for their kids because their kids scream until they get them? No one cares about our youth anymore, just about money and how to best allure children into buying their wicked goods. look at Goth, disgusting and yet it sells and sells further perverting youth and they think it's funny. In the old days it DID take a community to raise a child, now our communities has effectively turned their backs on them. Calling good evil and evil good. This horrible attack is a sign of the times. Wake up people, we need reform in our country and a return to the providential laws of Almighty God. Repent and return to the bible and to our Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sin and a renewed mind.

  • novelator 5 years ago

    Boy, look at all the comments. Did any of them hoping the kid dies, or glad that he was burned, listen to the 911 tapes? Not that it would change their sick attitudes or anything. People who revel in another's suffering ought to be castrated and/or sterilized so they cannot breed.

    The kids that did this, and their parents, need to be shot. At least a bullet is more merciful than what happened to this little boy, although that would rob some of the posters here of their sadistic delight in the suffering.

    The parents are just as responsible as the immature little perps who did this. Anyone remember Clockwork Orange? As a society, it's starting to look like we're already there.