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Boys Die For Their ‘Art’

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007 at 09:50 by Rhys Wilcox

We shouldn’t really laugh about people being killed, but as year after year of Darwin Awards come through your email, we do indeed laugh. Why? Because, technically, these people are stupid and, as the award’s name indicates, each death should be seen as nature’s way of concentrating the gene pool.

So is these two lads getting hit by a train Darwinism or tragedy? Or maybe it’s too soon to say. After all, the email award nominations we get are usually months old and usually feature Americans. It’s easier to laugh at them because the time and geographical distance allows for a greater emotional distance. There’s also an element of disbelief at work too; being the Nth person on an email list depersonalises the events and makes them almost fictitious.

But here we have, two boys - and they are boys, not ‘men’ as some reports have had them - graffiti-ing at an underground depot, doing a runner when they’re caught and getting hit by a train. That’s one way of leaving their mark.

Transport for London stated it costs them £20M a year to clean graffiti up and so the British Transport Police (BTP) are cracking down on graffiti vandals. On the night of the accident (12th), BTP said, “Our inquiries at this stage are focused on identifying whether the people who were struck by the train were linked to the earlier sighting within the depot.”

Doesn’t that sound a bit like, ‘If they were with them, then it’s alright’?

The boys were stupid to be there in the first place and therefore their deaths were also stupid but, perhaps, what’s even worse is that they probably weren’t quite stupid enough to warrant even a nomination. One can only hope they haven’t earned themselves martyrdom within their culture that further encourages their stupid friends. It’d end up more like a culling than a crackdown.

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One Comment on “Boys Die For Their ‘Art’”

  1. Stephen Ball Says:

    Reminds me of the near miss award in ‘95:

    Ohio student Robert Ricketts, 19, had his head bloodied when he was struck by a train. He told police he was trying to see *how close to the moving train he could place his head without getting hit.*

    The stupid, it burns.

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