Violence in gaming and the mother who striked back

by Ernie

Well, in case people aren’t in the know yet, in the past few days this news article on CNN detailed a “sports killing” in which some teenangers beat a bum to death and then smeared feces on his face before leaving the scene. They went on to McDonalds to grab a bite later that night (apparently, the best next thing to do after slamming crap into a corpse’s face is to grab a Big Mac). The boys went on to brag about what they did and when the body was found, the boys were aprehended. The boy, being evil, but not dumb, declared that killing the bum was like killing someone on a videogame. Now, you know that the people are gonna go crazy with the games and violence thing again.

Thiking this himself, Gabe, from Penny Arcade made a post directin himself to the parents of the broken kid who did the feces smearing part.

Things the parents of these kids failed to teach them(in order of their severity):

1. Don’t drink until you’re 21.

Now this is a tough one. The 15 year old boys have admitted they were sharing beers with the homeless man. This is a difficult rule to enforce with many kids and that’s why I’ve listed first.

2. Don’t do drugs.

In addition to their beers these lads told investigators they had just finished rolling some phat doobie blunts, or whatever it is they do these days. This is an important one but also very difficult to enforce. I’d say it’s a notch above drinking but we’re still dealing with pretty common teenager issues.

3. Don’t murder people.

Ah here’s a big one. I wonder, did the parents simply avoid the “don’t murder people” talk the way other parents might avoid the “sex” talk? Maybe one day as the father was running off to work the mother called behind him,” Don’t forget, you promised to talk to Chris about not murdering people today!” The husband already half way out the door would holler back “Yeah yeah, I’ll do it when I get home tonight.”

4. Don’t take shit out of your butt and rub it on the hobo you just killed.

To me this seems like the easiest lesson of all. My son is only two and already he’s coming to understand that “poops” belong in the potty. How did this kid get to the age of fifteen years old without learning this? Here’s how easy this one is:

Hey son, come here real quick.

Yeah Dad?

Don’t take shit out of your butt.

Sure thing Dad.

Done! How hard was that? What kind of crazy fuck takes poop from his butt and rubs it on someone? I’ll tell you right now I’ve never seen that in Grand Theft Auto. These kids were twelve kinds of nuts and that’s a fact. Their parents either made them nuts or weren’t paying attention while they went nuts on their own. I don’t know which scenario is worse.

The thing about the post is that the stepmother of the kid is actually a long time gamer and reader of Penny Arcade (small world?) and sent a letter to Gabe, which was posted on the site yesterday. The mother claims that she hates the boy for what he did and that they tried several times to correct him.

We tried absolutely everything we could think of to get him to behave like a normal human being… we tried groundings, negative reinforcement / punishment, positive reinforcement, counseling, and anything and everything the counselors suggested. We tried to get him interested and involved in extracurricular activities, like hockey, drama, music, art, anything, but he got himself kicked out of every group he was in with his “make me” attitude. When we would ground him, we took away everything. No TV, no computer, no phone, no leaving the house, no snacks or junk food…. Everything. When he was grounded, he was only allowed to sit in his room and read or draw. He was actually a pretty good artist, and we tried to encourage him to spend his time working with his talent. He would just sit there and take it… the groundings had absolutely no affect on him at all. Most of the time, he didn’t even remember why he was being grounded. At the end of it, we would ask him if it was worth it to have everything taken away in exchange for what he did… he usually just shrugged. He could be grounded for weeks, or a month at a time, and then the very next day would do something to get back in trouble again. Most kids get grounded or punished a couple of times, and then they want to avoid having to go through it again… not this kid, nothing seemed to phase him.

Talk about broken, this kid is all kinds of crazy, horrible news indeed.

[Source: Evil Avatar]


~ by Ernie on February 22, 2007.

14 Responses to “Violence in gaming and the mother who striked back”

  1. OMG! How the hell did I not come across this news? That kid needed a real good beating.

    I mean real good.

  2. well, the dudes are in jail now, serving a long sentence, hopefully someone will teach them something on the inside lol

  3. thats terrible man. The kid is an ass, there is no excuse. I wish people would stop using games as an obvious scapegoat. Great post Ernie.

  4. Shame people need scapegoats and this time again its games. Its a screwy world everyone a screwy world. I remember sometime not to far back there were kids in Florida that attacked homeless people as well. What is this a slow downward spiral of morality?

  5. So it seems that the parents did everything except have a relationship with the kid. maybe they did, i don’t know, but it’s odd that was something missing from the “what we tried” list.

    relationhsip before rules.

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