Body of missing 15 year old Xbox 360 player found

After a long exhausting search for a young missing boy, involving his gaming console being taken away, the search comes to an end with 15 year old, Brandon Crisp found dead. Even attempts by Microsoft was not enough to save this young boys life. No cause of death has been confirm yet.

The story of a young boy from Barrie, Ontario and his Xbox360 game console being removed from him, after his parents discovered he has been staying up late playing "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare" on Xbox Live. Brandon Crisp ran away from home on Thanksgiving after a disagreement with his parent's decision to take his console away.

Brandon has been missing for since Thanksgiving (October 2008) and his body was identified today by police to be of that, Brandon Crisp.

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lol my mom took my 360 away and wont have it back till bout sunday or monday and or as late as x-mas but i have had it gone sence october but geeze im not goona go nuts man i hate not haveing it but still i am not goona go pshyco and go nuts cuz i didnt have my 360. trust me too im a major gamer i play games al the time on live when i get the chance. i know this is supposed to be sad but its also kinda funny no offense to ne one

Hmm, has anyone ever put up the thought that the kid didn't run away JUST because of the Xbox? Unless the kid and his parents never had any arguments before, running away is something I understand. I was close to running away myself... If the parents before this incident were parenting badly to the kid, then running away is justified.

This is tragic. Sure the kid was able to think but understanding the consequences of your actions requires maturity and experience. He probably went off in anger and then couldn't go back.

Similarly, it's not fair to bitch at the parents either. They did what they thought was right. They got it wrong, but not for want of trying.

Everyone is so quick to judge and most know very little about this family and even less about parenting.

Rising childs is difficult, specially when it comes to situations like this because no one gets a parenting manual.

You have to do it on the fly and by heart hoping that what you are doing its the best for your kids.

The parents did the most logical thing by taking away his console when they found out he was staying up late. However, maybe there is more to that family than we know because its too much for a 15-year old boy to runaway just for a console.

If the kid had a real addiction (illness, not just gaming too hard), the parents wouldn't have known until they found him playing up late.

Sad story anyway

Psychologists often state bringing up kids is 50% nurture 50% nature. I would agree with this postulation. For a 15 year old to run away because he was disciplined, suggest he was one head-strong kid. However it is very sad that it should end up so tragically. Computer games and TV are responsible for a lot of bad behaviour in people. Meanwhile the people turning out the bile get richer and richer.

Psychologists often state bringing up kids is 50% nurture 50% nature. I would agree that this postulation. For a 15 year old to run away because he was disciplined, suggest he was one head-strong kid. However it is very sad that it should end up so tragically. Computer games and TV are responsible for a lot of bad behaviour in people. Meanwhile the people turning out the bile get richer and richer.

the parents made a huge mistake man ... ... first buy the xbox ... second who bought the game/ ... is someone says xbox/ms/games are to blame ... I know where you live damn it

I don't think he ran away because he couldn't play Call of Duty 4 anymore. I think he ran away because he knew Call of Duty 5 was coming out next week and knew he wouldn't be able to play the new version.

Remember kids, in future, if your parents take your console away, point them to this story. They'll hand it back in no time at all!

Clouds, silver-linings and all that....

I totally blame the parents on this. Whatever happened to puttting the fear into your kids so they obey? I just dont see why folks have issues with kids these days that nothing a good ass whooping wouldnt solve. When I was that age I didnt do stuff like that, not out of fear or anything I just knew better. I had no desire to do stuff that the kids these days do.

I don't know about Canada, but in the US, parents have a fear of being reported for child abuse or similar if they discipline their children. The law says that if I witness or suspect someone abusing their child, I have to report it. I was spanked when I was a kid. Now it is all about not hurting feelings and time outs, which do not work IMO. Parents are not supposed to be the child's friends.

You can't push too hard one way or the other. Your kids shouldn't fear you to the point that they would not come to you when in need of help, however extreme it may be. Last thing you want is your child to run away simply because they failed a test or knocked up a girl...

On the other side though, you can't let your children control you. There must be some sort of middle ground.

Gotenks98 said,
I totally blame the parents on this. ...

I totally can tell you aren't a parent.

When you become one, you will see that you don't have all the answers to be absolutely flawless and force your children to be 100% under your draconian control every minute.

The difference between the good old days and today is that most parents want to be loved by their children instead of respected.

spacer said,
The difference between the good old days and today is that most parents want to be loved by their children instead of respected.

That is because those parents didn't feel loved or respected by their parents; speaking from personal experience, both during my childhood and as a parent of two. Respect and love from your children is earned by showing them the same...if all they have for you is fear, you deserve neither.

markjensen said,
I totally can tell you aren't a parent.

When you become one, you will see that you don't have all the answers to be absolutely flawless and force your children to be 100% under your draconian control every minute.

I might not be a parent yet but I have had to raise other people's kids. When these kids are with me they are perfect angels because I put the fear in them so they know what will happen if i find out they misbehaved. When these same kids go back to their parents they have all kinds of issues with them because they are afraid to disipline them. They instead do **** like "time out" or try to be the kids friend instead of giving them the ass whooping they need. Parents these days are just wimps, they say kids need drugs because they have ADD when all they need is an ass whooping. I am not saying beating the kids the the only answer but doing that in conjuction with making sure they understand why things are the way they are keeps them from just going crazy when they grow up and leave your house.

When I was a child I always behaved far better for other people, who weren't my parent. I didn't get unconditional love from them. Parents, on the other hand, are a lot more emotionally involved (in general) than some one else who is looking after a child. My mother in law said to me that when you punish your children, you are usually punishing yourself. I understand what she means. I only have cats to look after, and it's hard enough to deal with their misdemeanours.

Was it a headshot?

It will be interesting to know the cause of death. Isn't it sad that we still live in a world where, for a 15-year-old, running away from home can be potentially lethal.

I would offer my condolences, but I doubt his parents will be logging on to this site anytime soon.

I dont blame the parents nor the kid. The kid went away because if some disagreements. But sickos are everywhere. Anyone can get attacked at anytime of the day. Well, the cause of death has not been confirmed yet. And I dont think the kid committef suicide. Sympathy for the parents; thats a hard blow on them.

probably the first time the parents disciplined their kid. I feel sad for the parents because they will blame them selfs for the rest of their life(and they should).

The kid is bloody 15 - he should know better and over an XBOX? I mean I can understand if it's a PS3 - ok I'm kidding about that last statement - but over a game???

I can understand being very upset over it - I've been through it but never to the point of running away - I feel very badly for the parents. Parents have it such a tough line to draw. I hope my kids never respond in such a way if I have to discipline them...I hope not.

feelgood13 said,
What kind of freak celebrates TG in OCTOBER?


Considering the story takes place in Ontario, Canada, I'd say Canada, and their Thanksgiving fell on Oct 13 this year.

This is a sad story indeed, especially since it's so close to home (same province). I wish the best for the child's family. However, the kid was kind of dumb for running away from home because of a punishment. I know kids do that but eh ...

This is a sad story to hear :(

It didn't say how he died? Whether he took his own life or someone else interfered.

Either way, it is terrible that he felt the need to run away from home. His parents should not blame themselves at all. They did nothing wrong.

I know when I was younger I stayed up till 4am sometimes playing games (namely Pokemon on my GameBoy :D) when I had to be up for school at 7am the next day. My Mum didn't want me to do that for obvious reasons & it was terrible for my health, so she would have done the right thing had she confiscated my GameBoy (as much as I would have been gutted & felt like I hated her).

I feel no sympathy for that dumb kid. Only a “crazed” little punk would be that messed up to run away from his parents over a game. However, the blame doesn't lie solely on him; it’s his parents fault undoubtedly. And with that being said, I nominate him for the 2008 Darwin Awards.

It was an addiction, it never got treated and should have. Not the kids fault, it's a mental issue that the parents handled badly.

simon360 said,
It was an addiction, it never got treated and should have. Not the kids fault, it's a mental issue that the parents handled badly.



Isn't the first step to treating an addiction to something, be it drugs or booze or even games, to take that something away from the user?

In which case, the parents did the logical thing. It IS the kids fault. I for one don't buy into this big video game addiction story. While a game can effect the brain the same way a drug does, I don't see everyone who's played alot of games be addicted to them and can't stop.

I've played long hours each day when I was this kids age, but now that I'm older while I still game from time to time to get some entertainment, It's nowhere near the same level of hours wasted infront of a TV each day like back then. Hell, it's not even each day, I'd be lucky if I play 3 times a week now.

tabsolution said,
They should. A 15 year old playing Call of Duty? Online?

Sounds like the parents didn't know about it, so you cant really blame them, and that goes for everyone else that said the parents handled it badly.

I 'ran' (drove) away from home when i was 17 because my parents wouldn't let me go out at night, ever, so I can entirely understand a kid running away cus he was addicted to the game (i actually am too) and was mad at his parents. Whether or not its a good choice has nothing to do with it, people are irrational. Probalby just ended badly because its brampton, and stuff happens.

It's an interesting thought... I just worry about the "didn't know" aspect. If that becomes practice like in the Mastercard commercial where a man gets his car towed, how are parents raising their children?

tabsolution said,
It's an interesting thought... I just worry about the "didn't know" aspect. If that becomes practice like in the Mastercard commercial where a man gets his car towed, how are parents raising their children?
hehe well you know you can always do stuff behind your parents back... for example watching porn. I bet tons of parents who havn't caught their kids dont realise the amount of porn they watch on the intrawebs!!

darkpuma said,
Sounds like the parents didn't know about it, so you cant really blame them...

That's EXACTLY why you blame the parents. Ignorance is not an excuse.

spacer said,
That's EXACTLY why you blame the parents. Ignorance is not an excuse.


Well, once they found out they did what you'd expect, took the game/system away. After that it's the kids fault mostly for not thinking and just taking off.

What would you have wanted them to do after they found out? Not stop him? There is no perfect formula to parenting you know. It's a process, and hit and miss all the way.

It's easy for parents not to know he's playing it, maybe that's why he was staying up late at night to do so? You do things when your folks are gone or asleep.

He could've gotten the game from another friend or it was sold to him without checking his age, in which case it's hardly the parents fault at all. You can't be over your kids 24/7 like a hawk, that'll just drive them away as well.

GP007 said,
What would you have wanted them to do after they found out? Not stop him? There is no perfect formula to parenting you know. It's a process, and hit and miss all the way.

Exactly. The kid waaed at being punished and then run away and went out and got killed. While its tragic its pretty much natural selection at work,