Ga. teen killed playing 'chicken' with train

Sunday, May 12, 2013 12:27 PM
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ROME, Ga. — A teenager died while playing a game of chicken with a freight train early Sunday, police said.

Malik Cortez Johnson, 17, of Rome was playing on train tracks with five or six friends who were lying on the tracks and daring each other to jump off at the last minute as a train approached.

Authorities said all the youth got off the tracks except Johnson, who was killed.

“He waited too late it and it kind of sucked him back in,” said police Lt. John Walters.

Police did not believe anyone on the Norfolk Southern train did any improperly, and Walters said the youth’s parents were both at work and did not know what he was doing. No charges were filed.

Johnson was a student at Rome Middle School.

Walters said there are plenty of videos on the Internet showing teens playing chicken with trains, but he said he was unsure sure why the Rome teens decided to play on the tracks.

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What next
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What next 05/12/13 - 12:41 pm
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Middle School student?

He was a 17 year-old middle school student????

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 05/12/13 - 01:54 pm
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Killed by train

Now the parents and the personnel on the train will have that trauma with them the rest of their lives. I am sure that this horrible accident has taught his friends an awful lesson!

Horseswagled
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Horseswagled 05/12/13 - 02:18 pm
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Boulder on tracks kills 30

So your headline would read "RAILROAD PLAYS CHICKEN WITH PUBLIC LIVES" if this same train had hit a boulder in this same spot killing the train crew and wiping out two city blocks with toxic ooze?
SAME GHOST SAFETY MEASURES IN PLACE!!!

daphne3520
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daphne3520 05/12/13 - 02:23 pm
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v4vendetta
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v4vendetta 05/12/13 - 02:44 pm
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Horseswagled...

Terrible story...horseswagled,not understanding your comment. Can you elaborate?

Horseswagled
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Horseswagled 05/12/13 - 05:50 pm
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Oblivious

Well v4vendetta it's pretty obvious the media has been groomed to be oblivious to the real story for a decade (whoops) century and a half.

KSL
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KSL 05/12/13 - 05:03 pm
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What real story?

What real story?

KSL
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KSL 05/12/13 - 05:07 pm
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Make sense.

Make sense.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 05/12/13 - 05:12 pm
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Stupid decision
Unpublished

with forever ramifications.

Horseswagled
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Horseswagled 05/12/13 - 05:56 pm
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THINK RR $$$

Well KSL THINK """RR $$$""" then subtract what the RR spent on safety equipment here ---Whoops that would be -0- (BLANK THOUGHT) Then check your I-Phone for new messages.

KSL
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KSL 05/12/13 - 06:28 pm
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Horse

Think trespassing.

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KSL 05/12/13 - 06:37 pm
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Horse

Know much about fluid dynamics? Research it. Private property?

KSL
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KSL 05/12/13 - 07:10 pm
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Pal, it takes parental

Pal, it takes parental guidance, common sense, and luck.

Horseswagled
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Horseswagled 05/12/13 - 07:30 pm
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...Walters said there are plenty of videos...

Walters think there are plenty videos of the missing RR fences---missing railroad look out towers--missing railroad security cameras---missing railroad security cops---missing if train doesn't get stopped the crew will be charges with murder for going 35 mph with no brakes/steering/fencing/security cameras/railroad security officers? The Norfolk Southerns CEOs $10 million paycheck we pay at the check outs, utility bills, and purchasing a vehicle?

v4vendetta
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v4vendetta 05/12/13 - 09:18 pm
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Railroads

While I do agree the railroads are bonkers in Augusta, in terms of integration within the local traffic, not sure train antics of kids can be prevented as already mentioned. I think definitely the engineering of Augusta, with regard to rr could have been better thought out for 3 considerations.
1.safety
2.traffic
3.noise

If you were to live in eat sight of a train, property values would drop. But Not in Augusta... I also find airplane patterns must have recently changed because of airplane noise. Not to detract regarding the tragedy of the current story, horrible, but these are peripheral points I raise.

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Darby 05/12/13 - 09:40 pm
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"Whoops" ????????????????

What am I supposed to take from that?

KSL
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KSL 05/12/13 - 09:43 pm
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Check out how long railroad

Check out how long railroad ownership has existed. Aiken was laid out as as a railroad town by the railroad. Dang, Aiken even built a replica of a station as an attraction.

v4vendetta
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v4vendetta 05/12/13 - 09:52 pm
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1879 railroad

Fair enough, railroad is historic, but still noisy, and just for commerce, not even the random nomads can hitch a ride on it without being incarcerated for a month....

KSL
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KSL 05/12/13 - 11:13 pm
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Yet again, trespassing.

Yet again, trespassing.

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KSL 05/12/13 - 11:34 pm
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I hope they did not enjoy

I hope they did not enjoy their jail time and won't do it again.

Still wonder why not a single one of their parents lifted a finger. Well not that much.

KSL
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KSL 05/12/13 - 11:35 pm
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At their ages.

At their ages.

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scoobynews 05/13/13 - 05:12 am
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I am still amazed over the

I am still amazed over the fact he was 17 in middle school!!! What on earth is going through kids heads today?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/13/13 - 08:41 am
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17-year-old in middle school

At some point it becomes dangerous to allow such a great difference in ages to be in the same school. Where is a courageous principal who will stand up and say, “No one over fifteen years old can attend my middle school.” ? ?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/13/13 - 11:38 am
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13-year-old in elementary school

For some reason, this story made me remember the story about the boy in Collins Elementary who hit his teacher in the stomach:

Teacher Loses Baby

bdouglas
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bdouglas 05/13/13 - 03:08 pm
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@LL

Good thought, but that's not a decision a principal has the authority to make, unfortunately. Most school systems do have maximum ages for high school students; not so sure about middle schools. For high schoolers they get a "certificate of completion" once they reach the maximum age.

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lifelongresident 05/13/13 - 04:03 pm
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middle school student at 17
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well folks that sez it all if you are 17 and still in middle school then it sez you are just too stupid to make good judgements or to use common sense decisions. it is tragic that a life is loss but maybe its best that someone who is not very bright should be breeding anyway

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/13/13 - 11:17 pm
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Certificate of completion?

Should be a certificate of failure or nothing at all.

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