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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Marked as terrorist, for creating school map

A Chinese student was removed from Clements High School in Fort Bend, Texas after parents complained he had re-created the school grounds in a game and uploaded the map for his friends to play. The boy was placed in the district's alternate education school and later arrested, as the police considered him a "terroristic threat".
-John Bardinelli, Joystiq, May 2nd 2007
“They arrested him,” Chen said of FBISD police, “and also went to the house to search.” The Lin family consented to the search, and a hammer was found in the boy’s room, which he used to fix his bed, because it wasn’t in good shape, Chen said. He indicated police seized the hammer as a potential weapon.
-Bob Dunn, FortBendNow, April 30th 2007
The fear of violence being caused by video games have always been blown out of proportions, but this is straight out borderline to dementia. I thought it was a sad world we lived in when I was forced to throw away my toothpaste and take off my shoes at the airport, but when teenagers gets marked as terrorists for being creative on their spare time, I think it really has gone over the line. The sad thing is, all I can do about it is to make a ridiculous blog post...

Student arrested for making a map of his school
Chinese Community Rallies Behind Student Removed From Clements


Anonymous said...

wtf..that's retarded -_- hammer to fix bed somehow = deadly weapon, better get rid of the butter knives too it could be dangerous zomg!11

What game was this I wonder? :\ *sigh*


Snobaste said...

Wow, that is absolutely retarded... I mean all I can say is WTF? You have GOT to be kidding me!

All this 'video games make kids violent' shit is the most idiodic crap. I thought Michael Moore blaming Columbine on DOOM was bad…

Jcelios said...

Yea it's very depressing sometimes... this world we live in. At least you can think of it this way:
New forms of media are always used as scapegoats and misunderstood by the previous generation. As our younger gamer generation grows up and replaces the current unaccepting ones, tolerance of video games will grow a lot. Then we can blame violence on Virtual Reality or whatever the next video games/rock music/violent movies are.