Teen: Kids Locked Me Inside Burning Shed
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 17, 2006
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--Police have issued warnings to seven girls and boys, ages 8 to 11, for locking a 14-year-old with spina bifida inside a burning woodshed, then teasing and laughing at him before running away.
The incident took place last Saturday evening, when Brian McKay, who is new to the neighborhood, tried to make friends with several kids at a local playground. When he saw the children lighting papers and slipping them under the shed, he went to investigate. The next thing he knew, he had been shoved inside the burning building and a metal bar had been placed across the door, locking him inside with the smoke and flames.
McKay, who wears braces on his legs, was unable to kick the door open.
"I thought I was going to die," McKay later told the Winnipeg Free Press. "I was really scared. I didn't know what to do. There was lots of smoke."
Joseph Bird, a father who saw the children dancing around the woodshed, came to McKay's rescue, as did three young girls age 8 and 9.
"He looked surprised to see me," said Bird, 39. "I grabbed him, pulled him out and laid him on the grass. His legs were shaking."
McKay was treated for smoke inhalation, along with one of the girls who tried to rescue him.
The shed was completely destroyed.
The incident has prompted a renewed debate over Canada's Youth Criminal Justice Act. Under that law, none of the children can be held criminally responsible because they are all under age 12.
"Boy left to burn" (Winnipeg Sun)
"Children Lock Disabled Winnipeg Teen In A Burning Woodshed" (The Globe and Mail)