Authorities release ironic last text message sent by electrocuted 14-year old
by Alan Friedman / Jul 16, 2017, 1:35 PM
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Lovington Police Department have determined that the phone itself never was submerged in the tub. The teen also made sure that the connection to the extension cord was dry. Despite these precautions, the cord was plugged into a non-grounded, non-GFCI bathroom wall outlet. According to the authorities, Coe was unaware of a frayed section of the cord, which was covered with water when she touched it while in the tub. That resulted in the deadly surge of electricity that killed her.
The parents are using the tragedy to inform teens about the dangers of mixing electronic devices, electricity and water. That is why they agreed to the release of their daughter's final text message, which you can see below. If you haven't spoken to your kids lately about the dangers of combining electricity and water, take a few moments to show them this story and make sure that they understand the dangers involved.
source: KCBD via NYDailyNews
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Oh good. This should generate some real quality comments.
posted on Jul 16, 2017, 1:39 PM 1
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Unfortunately so. I wish PA wouldn't post these types of articles, but they are only doing what any journalist would do.
posted on Jul 16, 2017, 3:10 PM 0
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I kinda wish PA hadn't of done this article. I think everyone on PA saw enough of the last article to inform their kids not to do that. I just hope everyone keeps their comments nice. This is a horrible thing that happened.
posted on Jul 16, 2017, 10:31 PM 0
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I don't know PA. Last article brought out some ugly comments. Maybe this is important to cover with your teenagers. Just don't want to see the hate from the usual suspects this time.
posted on Jul 16, 2017, 1:42 PM 1
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Damn, I'll definitely be sharing this with my daughter. The kid gets all A's and B's in school, but some times she just doesn't think.
posted on Jul 16, 2017, 2:14 PM 0
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It's common knowledge that water and electronics don't fit in the same spectrum and yet there are people who get into accidents like these because of poor judgement. This should serve as a lesson to all teens out there who use their phone 90% of the time. RIP to all victims of electrocution via water.
posted on Jul 16, 2017, 2:56 PM 0
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Common knowledge to an adult, less so a kid/teen. Maybe she knew it was dangerous and just had to be on her phone, maybe she had no idea it could do more than shock her so she didn't know she was risking death. Unfortunately she died, but it's a good reminder the dangers of electricity and the importance to educate our children on the matter to prevent this from happening to someone else.
posted on Jul 16, 2017, 4:36 PM 0
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"When you use and (SIC) extension cord so you can plug your phone in while you're in the bath." Despise these "when you", "my face when", ect Yeah, cause I use an extension cord all the time in the shower
posted on Jul 16, 2017, 4:02 PM 0
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So sue companies that allow wires to fray
posted on Jul 16, 2017, 5:10 PM 0
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Yep, can't be her fault because she took all those precautions to keep the cable dry.
posted on Jul 16, 2017, 6:41 PM 0
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"Yep, can't be her fault because she took all those precautions to keep the cable dry." It's not her fault? Whose fault is it then? This article says: "Coe was unaware of a frayed section of the cord, which was covered with water when she touched it while in the tub. That resulted in the deadly surge of electricity that killed her." That means the precautions she took weren't good enough. Too bad.
posted on Jul 16, 2017, 10:10 PM 0
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this is Darwinism to the max just like the selfie idiots that die just clearing the earth
posted on Jul 17, 2017, 12:15 AM 0
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And I'm sure no one commenting here did anything stupid or something that, looking back now, was life threatening at the age of 14 (or throughout their teen years for that matter). There's a reason people that age still need a legal guardian, can't drive, vote, drink, or serve in the military.
posted on Jul 17, 2017, 2:01 AM 0
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But by that age I'm sure they can take a 10 minutes shower or a bath without a phone and a legal guardian. If you take an electrical device to bath with you, (because you can't wait that 10 minutes until you are done) make sure you know the consequences. Otherwise you are just again, an idiot.
posted on Jul 17, 2017, 5:35 AM 0
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Children don't know what is and isn't dangerous, it's up to their parents to teach them those things. If the parents didn't teach them, they may have seen it on TV, or maybe not. You're making an awful lot of assumptions without actually knowing the situation beyond these articles. And especially if a child hasn't known the death of someone close to them, they're further insulated from the consequences. I grew up on a farm, and had a very wide understanding of what can kill you, because a farm can be a dangerous place and my parents made sure to educate me about it. And being an adult doesn't excuse people from being stupid. I had a brother who was an apartment manager and made a comment to one of his tenants that they needed to change the winter air in their tires as a joke. The next day their car had 4 flat tires. Now if their parents had taught them anything about car care, they would've known it was a joke. But some people aren't interested in learning, something I'm seeing more with newer generations.
posted on Jul 17, 2017, 1:04 PM 0
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