New deadly “dodging arrows” game kills boy

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Just days after an 11-year-old boy in South Carolina died while playing the "choke-out game," a 15-year-old boy in West Virginia was killed while playing another game involving a bow and arrow.

Eighth-grader Caleb Fairchild was shot in the head with an arrow during a game of "dodging arrows" with two childhood friends.

It happened Saturday evening in Chapmanville, West Virginia.

State Police say the boys would take turns running across the yard, while another would shoot the bow.

Trooper Randall Holden told WSAZ, "I know when I was a young boy, you're ten-foot-tall and bullet-proof, you think you can do things and not get hurt."

Fairchild's friends told authorities they were aiming at the ground but that an arrow went astray, hitting Fairchild in the back of the head.

"I spoke to them the night it happened, so obviously they were very emotional. It's a lot to process as an adult, let alone being a kid," Trooper Holden told the television station.

Authorities are looking into whether negligent homicide or involuntary manslaughter charges should be filed against the friend who shot the arrow.

Grief counselors and a pastor are comforting Fairchild's classmates at Chapmanville Middle School this week.

This is the first time law enforcement in that area have heard of the "dodging arrows" game, but they want parents to talk to their kids about all dangerous games, in hopes of preventing a future tragedy.

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