A prayer request for the child of a woman named Kayla Scott who allegedly shot himself with a brad nailer gun and is now in critical condition is spreading across Facebook.
A version of the message can be seen below.
URGENT PRAYER REQUEST!!! PLEASE RE-POST!! KAYLA SCOTT’S 22 MONTH OLD SON SHOT HIMSELF IN THE CHEST WITH A BRAD NAILER~ IT WENT IN HIS HEART~ HE IS NOW IN CRITICAL CONDITION AND NOT DOING WELL ~ NEITHER IS HIS MOM ~ PLEASE START A PRAYER CHAIN FOR THIS BABY~ PLEASE COPY & REPOST ……AS YOU WOULD WANT SOMEONE TO…DO IT…FOR YOU, thanx guys..
Regardless of your position on social media “prayer requests”, we know that even if the injury did indeed occur, it would now be hopelessly outdated since this message first appeared online in 2010 (though at that time it failed to include the name of the child’s mother) and has appeared numerous times since. Thus the 22-month son in the warning would now be around 8 years old (at the time of writing in 2016) and if he had survived, would presumably no longer be in critical condition and no longer in need of urgent prayer requests.
Whether the message was valid in 2010 is a matter of debate. Many went online in search of validation of the prayer request but turned up short. There has been no confirmation of such an incident occurring, only various forum postings from various users who claimed to know the child, but giving conflicting accounts as to his identity.
No local media reports could be uncovered telling of such an incident, and – in classic urban legend style – the same message has appeared over the years attributing the warning to different people. At least a dozen or so variations have listed the mothers name as something other than Kayla Scott, including Cheryl Dewitts and Teresa Lynch.
Regardless of the legitimacy of the incident, since the message originated back in 2010, there is little point recirculating it since – at best – it is hopelessly outdated. While we ourselves generally don’t subscribe to “prayer requests” in general because of their demonstrable inability to reliably work, if you do choose to partake, we suggest circulating requests that can link to a reputable website that can provide updates on a child’s condition to prevent the messages from becoming outdated.