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Kids as young as six act out drug and rape scenes from Grand Theft Auto

Posted by on Feb. 12, 2014 at 9:03 AM
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A HEADTEACHER has sent a letter to parents after becoming aware of “extremely concerning behaviour” of pupils, some as young as six, which he puts down to a violent video game.

Pupils at Coed-y-Brain Primary School, in Llanbradach, have been, according to head teacher Morian Morgan, “initiating games that involve simulating rape and sexual intercourse” and “having detailed discussion of drug use”.

Staff at the school discovered that the worrying behaviour was a result of children coming into contact with Grand Theft Auto, or GTA, which follows the dark underworld of America’s biggest cities.

Its latest instalment, Grand Theft Auto V, is thought to be one of the best-selling video games of all time, having sold more than 32 million copies worldwide.

It is certified for people over 18.

The letter to parents also said children were “acting out scenes from the game which include the strongest of sexual swear words”, “having conversations” about sexual acts and “play acting extremely violent games that sometimes result in actual injury”.

Mr Morgan said the letter was simply a way of making parents aware of this trend rather than criticising them for the children’s actions.

He said: “I sent out the letter with some trepidation but I’m pleased I sent it because all the comments, as far as I’m aware, have been very supportive.

“Until I went online and checked the content of this game, I thought it was just a bit of swearing and some shooting and I think some of the parents will tell you that they have been equally naive.

“But I must stress it’s not a matter of me condemning parents at all.”

Mr Morgan said staff approached some of the children to ask them where they had seen some of the behaviour.

He added: “We noticed it building up. It used to be when people watched TV programmes – we probably did it ourselves with cowboys and Indians.

“It became more concerning because this newest version (GTA V was released in September last year) seems to be even more shocking than the previous games.

“The youngest child showing this kind of behaviour was a six-year-old but that is unusual. It was very much a minority re-enacting these acts.”

Caerphilly council said it was a matter for the school to deal with internally.

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/11001937.Warning_after_Valleys_pupils_as_young_as_six_act_out_rape_scenes_from_Grand_Theft_Auto/?ref=var_0

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tanyainmizzou
by Platinum Member on Feb. 12, 2014 at 9:05 AM
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I have never seen rape in GTA.   However, you can screw a prostitute in a car to build your energy back up and then kill her to get your money back.


jcrew6
by Silver Member on Feb. 12, 2014 at 9:08 AM
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Seriously? Do you know people who play these games(with sound on) in front of kids?

The extent of my gaming is Disney Infinity.  lol.  

My husband plays Call of Duty.  But not with kids in the room and with his headset.

Quoting tanyainmizzou:

I have never seen rape in GTA.   However, you can screw a prostitute in a car to build your energy back up and then kill her to get your money back.



Citygirlk
by Gold Member on Feb. 12, 2014 at 9:08 AM

I play that game from time to time, and it's no game for anyone under 16 but I always hear young kids on it. Btw I have yet to see a rape scene.

tanyainmizzou
by Platinum Member on Feb. 12, 2014 at 9:10 AM
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Not  a single person.   My husband plays those games and he doesn't play anything like GTA unless our son is asleep or not at home.

Quoting jcrew6:

Seriously? Do you know people who play these games(with sound on) in front of kids?

The extent of my gaming is Disney Infinity.  lol.  

My husband plays Call of Duty.  But not with kids in the room and with his headset.

Quoting tanyainmizzou:

I have never seen rape in GTA.   However, you can screw a prostitute in a car to build your energy back up and then kill her to get your money back.




UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Feb. 12, 2014 at 9:12 AM
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I find GTA to be disgusting. I would question the rationality of any parent who allowed a young child to see it.  

BaronSamedi
by Bronze Member on Feb. 12, 2014 at 9:13 AM
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ROFL  This is nothing.  Of course they act out.  But these schools are not able to teach about sex and boundaries when this is exactly when it needs to be taught.  The US has such a problem with teaching basic life skills that it is a shame.

jcrew6
by Silver Member on Feb. 12, 2014 at 9:14 AM
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This wasn't in the US.  You might want to read the article/link. 

Quoting BaronSamedi:

ROFL  This is nothing.  Of course they act out.  But these schools are not able to teach about sex and boundaries when this is exactly when it needs to be taught.  The US has such a problem with teaching basic life skills that it is a shame.


GLWerth
by Gina on Feb. 12, 2014 at 9:17 AM
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Really young children don't have a full understanding of the line between fantasy and reality.

I can't understand how any parent could expose a child that young to something like GTA.

Then again, I don't get the draw of that game. At. All.

I can't imagine letting my boys play it. Ever.

lga1965
by Ruby Member on Feb. 12, 2014 at 9:28 AM
Life sucks now for parents with little kids. I am so glad that the only games available to my kids were "pong" and "pacman".
Life was simpler and relatively G rated.
I discussed sex, self respect and respect for others with my kids and we didn't have to deal with violent video games,thank goodness. We could monitor their TV watching because we only had one TV. And we never took them to violent movies.
It's scary out there now.
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tanyainmizzou
by Platinum Member on Feb. 12, 2014 at 9:33 AM
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No it doesn't suck.  It's awesome frankly.

It's called being a parent.   Be a one and your kid isn't around this stuff.

Quoting lga1965: Life sucks now for parents with little kids. I am so glad that the only games available to my kids were "pong" and "pacman".
Life was simpler and relatively G rated.
I discussed sex, self respect and respect for others with my kids and we didn't have to deal with violent video games,thank goodness. We could monitor their TV watching because we only had one TV. And we never took them to violent movies.
It's scary out there now.


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