Fox News Sued: Boys Saw Dad's On-Air Suicide
Sons 'severely distressed' by footage
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2013 12:30 AM CDT
This image provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows Jodon Romero.    (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections)

(Newser) – After hearing of a suicide broadcast live on Fox, two Arizona boys looked for it on YouTube after school, only to realize in horror that they were watching their own father's death, according to a lawsuit filed against the network. JoDon Romero shot himself after a police chase and the mother of this three sons, ages 9, 13 and 15, says the older two boys watched the footage and have been unable to return to school since because of severe emotional distress, the Hollywood Reporter finds.

A psychologist has found that the boys are suffering "symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder that included flashbacks, repeated thoughts and feelings associated with viewing the video of their father shooting himself in the head," the lawsuit states. The family's lawyers say the boys will require long-term psychiatric treatment. Fox apologized within minutes for failing to use its 5-second delay to cut away from the scene, and later blamed the airing of the footage on "severe human error."

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Kyaria74
Jun 23, 2013 10:15 PM CDT
Dear young children, I am sorry that you were not watched as you searched for an answer on why your Dad killed himself. I am sorry that your Mother did not do her job and kept you safe from viewing that footage. I know that you were just searching for answers that your Mother should have gave to you. I know what you are going through, my husband killed himself in 2002. My kids who are now 18,17, and 12 still have questions to this day about why and how come. I try to help them the best that I can. But as a MOTHER I would never allow my children to go search for photos, video or even news clippings on his death. It is MY JOB to keep them safe. I am sorry that you "Mother" is going to put you through more stress by suing a news station for doing their job. It is not the news stations fault. It is not your fault either for wanting to know and trying to get the information that you wanted to know so badly. I hope that through the right type of support you will eventually heal. As for your Mother I hope that she too can find a way to heal. But blaming everyone else for his choices is not the way to go. It was you Father that chose to do what he did no one else. It was not your fault, or your Mom's the next door neighbor, No one but he is to blame. One day you will be able to see that but for now try to heal. I am sorry again that you are going through this. My prayers go out to you and your family.
HonkUSA
Jun 21, 2013 7:41 AM CDT
THEY ! , searched for it on yutube , they probably wanted to know where daddy threw the gun , so they could could join in the gang violence with it . Of course the mother is now looking for a meal ticket and a bigger handout that she already gets .
HonkUSA
Jun 21, 2013 7:35 AM CDT
Fox blamed the airing of the footage on "severe human error." I think the biggest human error was when the idiot PULLED TH TRIGGER !