There has been much written about the resurgence of the art of archery – aided in part by the success of The Hunger Games — a sport which will probably grow even more in popularity when Disney Pixar’s Brave is released. Both films make pastime of the bow and arrow look pretty darn awesome. And while archery is generally a good activity for the younger set teaching them focus, patience and coordination the bow and arrow is, by design, a weapon, a basic fact that has been overlooked of late. But this week we were reminded of the dangers of archery when the equipment is put into the wrong hands. Case in point: a 16-year-old boy who allegedly shot an arrow and a hit a 7-year-old girl.
A Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, teen has reportedly been arrested for second-degree reckless injury and obstructing charges stemming from a incident that occurred on May 20th when 7-year-old Aryanna Schneeberg was shot with an arrow. Investigators found that the “arrow was launched from a deck at an apartment complex approximately 80 yards north of where the girl was struck.” The boy, who was with a 17-year-old companion, claimed that he was aiming for a squirrel but then heard a girl scream. The arrow penetrated the girl’s lung, her spleen, stomach and liver. The 7-year-old had to undergo a 2 1/2 hour surgery in order to save her life.
After the event the teens did not come forward, fearing the consequences. But eventually the kid was caught, arrested and is in juvenile detention. Sheriff Mick Fink addressed the situation: “My concerns with these things is it is a public safety issue,” Fink said. “As a parent (we) don’t want people thinking there is somebody out there randomly shooting children with arrows. The Campbellsport community is a small, tight-knit community. We needed to get to the bottom of this so we knew if it was accidental, reckless or intentional.”
Do you think that we’ll see more kids being injured by arrows with the growing popularity of archery?