Newtown Boy, 12, Loses 'Jeopardy' Because of Spelling

Thomas Hurley knew the answer to the "Final Jeopardy" question, but didn't know how to spell it.
2:18 | 08/05/13

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They'll have it worked ott by week one. This "jeopardy" mishap. A middle schooler got a final jeopardy question right but spelled it wrong. The judges ruled against him and abc's bianna golodryga our "gma this. This was a tough one to swallow. This wasn't blacked out like the other shows on cbs. It aired last wednesday but social media is still buzzing with outrage. "Jeopardy" fans are calling foul with the judges' ruling while 12-year-old thomas hurley while alex trebek was it smug. The civil war. Reporter: It was a tiny spelling error that put thousands of dollars in jeopardy. Let's go to thomas hurry. Reporter:12rd thomas was competing in a special kids edition when he was asked about a famous document signed by president lincoln. What is the emancipation -- well, because he misspelled it badly, emanciptation, you put a "p" in there, proclamation, that's unfortunate. The judges are ruling against you. Reporter: But fans took issue with tough talking trebek calling his ruling, quote, rude and inappropriate. And this morning, hurley tells the newstimes of dan bring it's just upsetting to have lost that way. Renee can relate. She lost at "wheel of fortune" after dropping the "g" from this puzzle. Seven swans a swimin. Being a kid, it's just that much more he's just like, oh, man, you just feel so bad for him. Reporter: And some wonder about a daily double standard. Just last year contestant david guard spelled hannibal lecter incorrectly and producers let it slide because it was phonetically correct but in this kiddie case producers tell abc news, "if jeopardy! Were to give credit for an incorrect response however minor the show would effectively penalize the other players." Still just seems so wrong. We reached out to thomas hurley's family for comment and declined to make an official statement saying they've moved on. He is on vacation with grand ma. We have clearly not moved on. The poor kid got it right, all right. We should note he would have

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