Kids as young as six act out drug and rape scenes from Grand Theft Auto
A HEADTEACHER has sent a letter to parents after becoming aware of â€śextremely concerning behaviourâ€ť 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, â€śinitiating games that involve simulating rape and sexual intercourseâ€ť and â€śhaving detailed discussion of drug useâ€ť.
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 Americaâ€™s biggest cities.
It is certified for people over 18.
The letter to parents also said children were â€śacting out scenes from the game which include the strongest of sexual swear wordsâ€ť, â€śhaving conversationsâ€ť about sexual acts and â€śplay acting extremely violent games that sometimes result in actual injuryâ€ť.
Mr Morgan said the letter was simply a way of making parents aware of this trend rather than criticising them for the childrenâ€™s actions.
He said: â€śI sent out the letter with some trepidation but Iâ€™m pleased I sent it because all the comments, as far as Iâ€™m aware, have been very supportive.
â€śUntil 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.
â€śBut I must stress itâ€™s not a matter of me condemning parents at all.â€ť
Mr Morgan said staff approached some of the children to ask them where they had seen some of the behaviour.
He added: â€śWe noticed it building up. It used to be when people watched TV programmes â€“ we probably did it ourselves with cowboys and Indians.
â€śIt 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.
â€śThe 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.â€ť
Caerphilly council said it was a matter for the school to deal with internally.