Schoolgirl Hits Bullseye


A 13-year-old girl scored and impressive, if unintentional, almost literal bullseye on her schoolmate, an 11-year-old boy, in a spot of recent archery practice. Miraculously, the boy survived the arrow burying itself deep into his brain and destroying his eye.

The accident occurred in archer practice at the school gym, when the girl pointed her bow at the boy and apparently accidentally loosed an arrow into him.

The arrow flew true, and entered his skull to a depth of 10cm by way of his eye-socket, apparently lodging in the very centre of his brain.

The unfortunate human target was immediately rushed to hospital, where he underwent emergency neurosurgery. Needless to say, he suffered some brain damage.

In spite of this grievous injury, doctors pronounced the operation a miraculous success, and the boy has regained consciousness and is said to be recuperating.

The girl responsible is said to have pointed the bow at him as a joke, but her hand slipped and her arrow found its mark. She joined the boy’s parents in a vigil over the boy whilst he was comatose. The boy’s family is poor and it appears the cost of treatment will burden them greatly all the same.

For its part, the school is cancelling archery practice and stressing to children the importance of safety.

Via Heaven.

You may recall the earlier almost identical case which occurred in Japan as opposed to China; if you were wondering how a child could possibly survive such an injury, it seems to be more common than one might think…

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    Comment by Gene
    21:06 20/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "The girl responsible is said to have pointed the bow at him as a joke"
    lol?couldn't she come up with a better excuse....I swear kids these days.why do they even have archery in school anyway?~_~

    Comment by Mamo-kun
    18:40 20/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If such a thing happened to be really really pissed.....wont get angry at the person who accidentally shot me but rather with the humiliation thats about to come in my precious life...

    Just imagine people who saw such tragedy call on to you with their insult "Hey aren't you the guy who got shot in the eye with an arrow and it was a bulls eye" oh god how i rage.....

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:07 20/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This shows that women should all be kept in the home. Fuck you bitches, get in your place.

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    Comment by XIII
    02:08 13/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    there an episode by college humor with similar incident about darts poking eye, they acted out of course XD

    but arrow, 10cm deep into brain? o____o ouchs...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:44 28/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by alex1_phang3
    12:55 24/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    There you go, Japanese are training a new generation of fighters . . . XD

    Comment by Tom
    05:27 23/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are several websites that offer free archery classes and safety lessons. [] has a good list of archery events including safety events.

    Comment by Leode
    16:17 16/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    For some unusual reason, as I read this, I suddenly felt like this would make a fantastic romance manga/anime.

    We've got:
    - An 11 yr old male protagonist from a poor family.
    - A 13 yr old rich girl who has taken an eye and feels guilt about it.

    This gives us 2 main characters from different worlds brought together by accident/tragedy. They already have some kind of relationship going (else why would she jokingly aim at him?) with several obstacles in their way. ( The accident, social standing and that she's 2 years older... )

    ...based on a true story...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:33 22/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess the manga/anime would leave out the brain damage part, though....

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:33 12/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    a lot of protagonists are basically brain-damaged

    Comment by GunBlader
    18:15 26/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    OK... this was traditional japanese archery... it´s a hell of a zen thing in japan, every step from takin the arrow to place it in the bow, pull the string, point, breath, and to finally shoot the danm thing it´s has to be in perfect harmony and has to be in perfect calmly soft movements.

    The girl obviously is somekind of airhead or has some mental problems or just plain stupid.

    AGE is not by any measure a sing of mental maturity, they get to practice this sinse early ages in japan, it´s invole a lot of mental, fisical and spiritual discipline to practice "KYU-DO" (if i write this correctly) "WAY OF THE BOW".

    My father is over 60 an it´s a complete clown jerk, he does not respect a martial weapon or anything else, since day one i obtain my first sword i forbid him to even get near it (he toke it and start waving it around making what he believes are funny noises, like it was a funny joke making fun of me, he almoust stab my mother in the neck instead he stab the back of my hand when i stopped him, 2 stitches by the way, the fucking idiot).

    A cousin of a friend (24) and his younger brother (22) start one of their daily fights which escalates into a fucking gun duel with a pair of RIVET GUNS... They but survive almost unharmed... lucky bastards.

    And a neighbor lady (32) almost shoot his head off with her cop boyfriend´s 9mm gun, the bullet however found his way through the roof to his own dog... don´t worry the poor dog survive his mistress stupidity.

    And don´t even get me started about martial practice accidents when some fucking idiot who thinks he is a NARUTO NINJA or some kind of REBORN SAMURAI enters the gym an pulls one brilliant idea like playing swords showdown with the practice weapons with the rest of the newguys or worst try to pick a fight with any of us.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:25 19/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm glad to see a few commentators not give in to the knee jerk reaction of "kids should not be practicing archery"

    I've seen adults do stupid things in martial arts and other sports. Age does not equal to maturity, common sense, etc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:59 24/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    For its part, the school is cancelling archery practice and stressing to children the importance of safety.

    ...and it is all better now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:32 14/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm glad the arrow was thrown with the strenght of a child.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:09 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Man bullshit LOVE you clearly meant to shoot him- she either bullying him or been bullied by him. Or she a psycho that just wanted to see what it was like to kill/hit someone. She probably didnt care the slightest.

    But needless to say that was one hell of a HEADSHOt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:14 10/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is why you don't have real arrows in schools. Just have those sticky ones.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:15 21/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    As someone who has done archery since that age and enjoy its use in hunting I can honestly question the quality of the instruction being given at that school. 1st rule is always S.A.F.E.T.Y.
    Yes, I have helped to teach children as young as 10 to learn this sport. If the class size! is kept manageble,(budget cut anyone) then the instructors will not likely have this type of terible preventable injury happen. That said, shit happens. 2nd rule, safety. And if you really want to show them how nasty visualy/audible it can be just show them a nice old fashion pig hunt. They will scream and yell loudly when shot. the pig too. 3rd rule dont have more students that you can keep an eye on. Ok I will get off the soap box now. -Furbar23

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:42 06/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    My archery instructor told us on the first day not to point arrows at each other. He didn't have to since it was a college class but he did anyway and I'm sure that kid's instructor said it too. Oh well, another thing added to the list of things kids should not be allowed to do.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:50 21/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    When i saw this pic i started to crack up srry lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:01 14/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i could bet he teased her.
    too sad she had to suffer again.

    Comment by trebortaergeht
    07:45 22/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    My father got shot with an arrow in the back of the head when he was a child. Penetrated his skull several inches but completely missed his brain.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:29 21/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Owww, thats gotta hurt. Still, all kinds of people are known to do dumb things with weapons, not entirely unexpected when you have a bunch of kids with lethal bow.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:33 20/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Saw this a week ago in the papers here in the UK.

    Meh no different to when we were doing athletics using javelins or shotputs, started that at 11 here over in UK, and yes there have been accidents. Someone who was 16 being an idiot and pretending to throw a javelin at someone, instead the javelin left the hand and hit the guys leg. Didn't ban athletics, the guy got suspended instead.

    Age isn't much the problem here, it's the attitude for the activity. I mean what idiot would point an arrow as a joke on someone. This can be used as the very same argument as Violent Video games should be banned as kids will copy it, because they're kids, might aswell ban all knives for 14 yr olds then. Arhery isn't the problem, it was the indiviual girl. I did a bit of archery at 14, you didn't see me or others ending up on papers with an arrow through the head.

    People who stress the point of being over 16 to learn archery are only saying it because that's what you think is the right age due to your culture. I can guarantee you even 16+ will have idiots doing stuff like that, probably more so at that age (actually there was a 16/17 yr old who acidentally hit someone with an arrow a while back in the UK...heh it was a girl aswell, was she the victim?...can't remember). I've seen kids with BB Guns under 16 using one more safely than 16+ who goes around shooting people with one. I'm not suggesting we should allow kids under 10 learning archery though, it does require a bit of strength.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:34 21/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's wrong to use age as a proxy for maturity! Now watch as I use age as a proxy for physical strength.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:06 21/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unlike maturity, strength is much easier to measure and observe, and lack of it is more of a cause of accidents rather than being an idiot. You wouldn't have a 10yr old lift a 85Kg fridge now would you, but you wouldn't mind letting them use a knife to cut food to eat or even let the them play with a stick right? Sure there are some really strong 10yr olds, but on average how many average 10yr olds can retain a bow and arrow for more than 10 seconds? If it's a mechanical bow with an automatic retention...maybe, but if not I highly doubt it; especially if the bow is not custom made to fit the physique of the average 10yr old. Honestly look at biological ageing, there is a consistency with strength and age. More so than maturity, since maturity does not have a real basis for when someone reaches maturity (mentally).

    Maybe age as a proxy for strength was not the best of choice I admit and could of , and 'should' have, explained better, but it's still more valid than maturity. My main point still stands however. Strength/Physique is a more adequate measurement than a number that specify how old someone is, to participate in such an activity.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:45 21/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, I should really check the dates on these articles sometimes. >_<

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:42 21/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "You wouldn’t have a 10yr old lift a 85Kg fridge now would you…"

    Well, Richard Sandrak was supposedly benching 90kg at age 8, but that's a unique case of "2nd-grade weight training."

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    Comment by stampede
    00:46 21/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    all for hilariously disturbing images, but how about putting those bad boys, you know, after the break?

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    Comment by otaku
    01:27 21/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    GOD this is cruel, but that depends on what the boy did...somehow...
    So is the bows and arrows going to be banned or what?

    "I'm past 16 a long time ago and I still cant get hold of an airsoftgun before..."

    Comment by Grimlurker
    10:19 25/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's moral justification for this?

    Comment by kenjiharima
    02:48 21/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    After this that kid that shot this guy will have a guilty conscience and when they grow up she'll support him and be lovers at the end like an eroge. XD

    Seriously though Kids shouldn't fool around with those, real life is different from anime, we either die or be left out injured losing a part of us if we get hit by carelessness of some people.

    May this be a lesson.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:50 21/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Huh. I guess it's true, that children are more resilient to brain damage than adults. Who knows, maybe in ten years no one will be able to tell the difference... apart from the eyepatch or fake eyeball.

    Also with regard to the age issue -- countries with conscription armies let 17 year olds handle assault rifles loaded with live ammunition. Yet most accidents occur due to something like overstress or fatigue and faulty procedure in e.g. mortar operation rather than jackasses.

    Still, bloody stupid to be playing around with bow and arrow like that. Archery is a martial art, and its equipment are weapons that should be treated as such. Even if it's just "wooden swords" and "bamboo sticks", they still crack skulls and crush throats if people aren't careful.

    Comment by Frii
    01:32 21/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I lol'ed in fear

    Comment by JockeII
    22:29 20/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol how stupid can they be. You have to be 16 years old to use a soft air gun, but they allow 11 years old to use a real weapon lolz.

    That little bitchs family better pay up good to the boys family.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:23 20/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    tssk children shouldnt even be playing with bows and arrows. wtf man...
    what an unfortunate kid... and what a BIATCH =p

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:48 17/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What needs to happens is when teaching children of any age, is to teach them extensively about the safety of using these weapons, show them what can happen when safety isn't followed, even if it's gruesome, and make sure they thoroughly understand to never ever point a weapon at a friendly (I wouldn't say never point at another person because what if you got a burglar/murder trying to break in or threaten your/loved ones life? Just teach them the difference on that I suppose.)

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    Comment by Artefact
    20:31 20/12/2008 # ! Incandescent

    This is basically the same as giving a class full of children rifles and and training them to shoot - these kind of accidents are all but inevitable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:41 22/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    When I was a kid in Boy Scouts we had rifle marksmanship classes. There was also close supervision. The fail is on the instructor for not teaching respect for the weapon. more instruction with weapons would take some of the romance off of them an reduce accidents.

    Comment by rockbottom
    21:11 20/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree. I grew up in the US and we had archery practice as 6th graders, so basically a bunch of kids around 12 years-old strong enough to give arrows lethal force but still dumb enough to not realize these things aren't toys. Talk about an ago-old tradition steeped in FAIL.

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    14:40 21/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    03:31 19/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    wtf.... poor kid. he'll never get his vengeance. the girl will grow up to marry into wealth with an elderly aged man while he sits at home with brain damage trying hard to think and breaking apart mentally. he then goes insane, raping school children to relief himself of what's to come. afterward, he might read the manual to suicide and attempt one of those.

    Comment by FromBrazil
    12:52 23/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    did he bully her a lot to make her mad to do this?

    Comment by Grimlurker
    10:31 25/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is that relevant? Why are the actions morally ambiguous when the offender is female?

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    02:27 27/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by K
    23:19 20/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do you really think it's something you magically learn when you reach a certain age?
    Anyway, yeah... they got this backwards. They should teach them what happens if there are accidents like this first and how to use them second.

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    Comment by takuya13
    21:15 20/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    we didnt start archery till we were in high school >.< feels like i was missing out

    Comment by pus2meong
    21:34 20/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, archery lesson suppose to be teached at high school, not junior high.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:54 21/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is that all you can say? Too bad that wasn't you.

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