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‘Shovel Girl’ Miranda Fugate is NOT Dead

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Circulating report claims that Miranda Fugate, the girl hit in the head with a shovel in a recent viral video, subsequently died of her injuries. 

Brief Analysis

The claims in the report are false. ‘Shovel Girl’ is alive and reportedly enjoying her sudden fame. The viral video does depict an altercation in which Miranda was whacked solidly in the head with a shovel, but the girl did not sustain serious injuries. The fake death report comes courtesy of Huzlers.com, a website notorious for churning out all manner of drivelling nonsense disguised as news.

Example

Miranda, 16, Who Was Hit In The Head With A Shovel, Dies

OHIO – Miranda Fugate died of serious head injuries after being hit with a shovel in the head by an old friend of hers named Emily Powers. The whole thing was caught on video and posted all over the internet and generated around 500,000 video views in just 2 days.

Shovel Girl Fake News Post

 

Detailed Analysis

According to a report that is rapidly circulating via social media, Miranda Fugate, the girl who was hit in the head in a viral fight video, has died of her injuries.

The report claims that the girl, dubbed ‘Shovel Girl’ by online commentators, appeared ok after the shovel head-whacking incident but later died suddenly while watching TV. 
However, the claims in the report are untrue. ‘Shovel Girl’, aka Miranda Fugate, is alive and well. The report comes via the website Huzlers.com, a site that churns out fanciful nonsense gussied up as news. The site apparently sees itself as satirical and includes the following disclaimer at the bottom of its articles:

Huzlers.com is a combination of real shocking news and satire news to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief.

The fake death report includes a photograph supposedly depicting police attending the death scene. However, the image actually shows police investigating a crime in Chicago and was stolen from a 2012 news report.

The story is in response to a circulating video that depicts a young girl being hit in the head with a shovel by another young girl. The video caused a sensation and quickly went viral, generating a great deal of commentary as it travelled. Via a message posted to Twitter, Miranda later identified herself as the girl being hit by the shovel.

A longer version of the video revealed that the shovel incident was part of an ongoing – and apparently planned – altercation between the girls. A Huffington Post report about the video notes:

[T]he pair agrees to fight. They bring some friends along as they trudge through the woods, headed for a front yard that they eventually spar in.
They trade punches, slaps, kicks and insults before taking a break to chat, then start the process over again several times. Neither of them back down, that is, until the shovel comes out.

But, the girl was not seriously injured and soon appeared in another video that showed that she was doing fine.

It seems unfortunate that the youngsters depicted in this viral video have gained notoriety and a degree of fame out of their dangerous and irresponsible antics. The girl could well have been seriously injured in such a violent incident. But, thankfully, she is unharmed and the report of her death is just more poor-taste Huzlers nonsense. 

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer