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proceed past this page.
It must be said however this is one outcome that Atheists fear from
religious teachings, especially to the very young. It is a major
reasons we believe in the separation of church and state and are
offended by the possibility of someone putting these kind of ideas
into the minds of our children.
Six-Year-Old's Death Ruled a Suicide
A family in Dania, Fla, is trying to cope with double tragedy today,
after a 6-year-old girl apparently stood in front of a train to be
with her mother in heaven. The girl's mother reportedly is suffering
from a terminal illness.
Jackie Johnson told some other children she had been walking with
she wanted "to become an angel and be with her mother," said Jim
Leljedal, spokesman for the Broward County Sheriff's Office. "She
pushed me off the track," said her 8-year-old brother, Valerius
Fox. "I said, 'Get off the track!' She wouldn't get off the track
"When she ran up close to the train, she got hit," the boy said.
Dr Ronald Wright, the county medical examiner, ruled the girl's
death a suicide.
The girl was walking to school Tuesday with her brother, 7-year-old
sister and a 7-year-old cousin when they crossed the railroad tracks,
Jackie was living with her grandmother because her mother, Carla
Johnson, has a terminal illness, authorities said. The nature of
the illness wasn't disclosed.
"The other 3 children stood clear of the tracks as the 63-car
northbound train approached," Leljedal said. "But Jackie deliberately
remained in its path."
Jackie apparently turned her back at the last moment, but did not
move from the tracks, Wright said. She was thrown 20 feet, and
suffered a broken neck.