A boy, left in the forest by his parents, becomes breaking news across the world!

A boy, left in the forest by his parents, becomes breaking news across the world!

A 7-year old boy from Japan behaved badly during a family drive through a forest. In order to punish him, the parents told the boy to get out of the car. What happened next is simply unbelievable!

It happened on Saturday, May 28, 2016. According to Yamato Tanooka’s parents, they returned to the place where they had left their son a couple of minutes later, but he wasn’t there already. They immediately reported about the loss to the police and the latter organized a search operation. However, all attempts to find Yamato in the forest were ineffective. The parents were in despair, but numerous policemen, soldiers and volunteers didn’t give up.

When five days passed without any result, there was only little hope left to find the boy alive. Luckily, on the seventh day’s morning the boy was found in a shelter located in the woods. Usually this building is used during military trainings.

Takayuki Tanooka, the boy’s father, says he is very sorry for what has happened. He and his wife have already apologized to the son.

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What do you think about this story? Were the parents right when they decided to punish the child in such a way? Tell us in the comments!


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Jayne Call Imler
Had I been the kid, I would have done the same thing. I would not have just stood there in one spot. It really serves the parents right. This way, instead of the boy getting a scare, it back fired on the parents. Now, they have learned, and will never do that again.
Jun 3, 2016 9:44PM
Gayle Evans
Gayle Evans
Always make the punishment fit the crime. This was way too much "punishment." I've been guilty as a parent, so I try to ask myself, "would I deserve the same." Force is a funny thing. Rule of thumb is, the more the grade of crime, the least amount of force it takes to punish. Most people think in opposite terms. The purpose is to get cooperation from the offender.
Jun 4, 2016 7:03PM
Leslie Craig
Leslie Craig
That makes perfect sense: "Our kid ticked us off so we told him to get out of the car in the middle of nowhere while we drove off. We did this to teach him a lesson. Now we're sorry." Bull spit! They should be locked up! That'll teach THEM a lesson.
Jun 5, 2016 2:35PM
Mary Sutton
Lesson learned I hope
Jun 5, 2016 5:04PM
Connie Hunter Ward
I think that is called neglect and abandonment. That calls for jail time.
Jun 5, 2016 8:16PM
Ernestine Stokes
Ernestine Stokes
If it was an African American family they would have been locked up I thi K they should lock them up
Jun 5, 2016 8:23PM
Joe Del Duca
What does this have to do with race? Give me a break ! Yea yea yea
Jun 5, 2016 8:41PM
Anita Clark Morton
Richard Branson told the same kind of story many years ago. His mother had made him get out of the car and make his way home on his own as a little kid. The big difference was, he was ON A MOTORWAY in England, not in the depths of a forest where there's bears. He learned his lesson, and grew up very independent and resourceful because of it. That poor little Japanese kid is lucky he will be able to grow up AT ALL!! His parents need to lose custody of him, because they certainly don't know how to raise kids. He was throwing rocks at kids apparently. Have they never heard of taking away privileges like games, or grounding??? I DO believe in punishment, but also in common sense.
Jun 5, 2016 8:42PM
Donna Eyerman
Donna Eyerman
They don't deserve to get him back!!
Jun 5, 2016 8:49PM
Jane Riordan Williams
Jane Riordan Williams
Jun 5, 2016 8:52PM
Rita Sheryl Blunt
That's called desertion. To leave a 7 year old? Apologies are not enough. The parents should be charged with a felony on this. They endangered that little boy.
Jun 5, 2016 8:53PM
Betty Seip
If you as a parent cannot control your kid in a car, then maybe you should learn how to control your kid. Sounds like the child is trying to control the parents but you surely will not put him out of the car where there is danger.
Jun 5, 2016 8:53PM
No! They were not right to leave a child alone in the forrest. He was blessed to have survive his ordeal.
Jun 5, 2016 8:54PM
Jane Riordan Williams
Jane Riordan Williams
My mother did the same thing to us we were going tobagoning and were fighting and complaining in the car so she turned around and left us a mile from home to walk.
Jun 5, 2016 8:54PM
Mary Walker
Mary Walker
Hell no. The parents were wrong. Poor judgement. In the woods. That type of environment the child could have been killed or kidnapped. God forbid. I understand the concept of what they were trying to do but not that way.
Jun 5, 2016 8:55PM

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