American activist backs Llanbradach headteacher's warning after pupils as young as six act out rape scenes from Grand Theft Auto

South Wales Argus: WARNING: American activist Jack Thompson has backed a Llanbradach headteacher's warning after pupils as young as six act out rape scenes from Grand Theft Auto WARNING: American activist Jack Thompson has backed a Llanbradach headteacher's warning after pupils as young as six act out rape scenes from Grand Theft Auto

AN AMERICAN activist has sympathised with a head teacher of a Valleys primary school, after pupils have been re-enacting scenes of the violent game Grand Theft Auto.

Jack Thompson, who is 62 and lives in Miami, contacted us to say the story had been discussed at length on US news channel Fox News today.

Mr Thompson, who has briefed Hilary Clinton on the dangers of graphic and violent video games and worked with her to censor part of a previous instalment of GTA, believes “lives are at stake”.

It comes after pupils at Coed-y-Brain Primary School in Llanbradach were, 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 GTA, which follows a criminal lifestyle in the dark underworld of America’s biggest cities.

Mr Morgan sent a letter to parents after becoming aware of “extremely concerning behaviour” of pupils, some as young as six, which he puts down to the violent video game.

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 Thompson, who has long campaigned against the violent and sexual nature of such video games in the States, said: “Parents are the first line of defence. There mustn’t be this notion that kids have their own private space – parents have a right to search their rooms if they think something is not right. When I was younger I didn’t let my parents know that I had a Playboy [magazine]!”

The activist once filmed his own 10-year-old son buying a copy of GTA at a supermarket in Florida to prove that retailers were willing to sell the game to minors.

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. In the UK, it is certified for people over 18.

Mr Thompson, who has published books on the problems associated with children and video games, said: "These age certificates need to mean something for them to have an effect - minors can get their hands on these games if they want to. Studies prove that kids are using the animalistic part of their brain to play these games. We have had dozens of murderous shooting incidents in this country by underage kids who have practiced killing on GTA.

“It’s sociopathic. It’s a game where the bad guys are actually the good guys, and a game where you get points if you have sex with a prostitute or for killing someone.

“I totally understand why the head teacher would be concerned. My concerns are not revolutionary, but this is a video generation, and it’s all about public safety because these kind of games are dangerous."

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

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2:48am Fri 14 Feb 14

gathin says...

What's wrong with the parents that let their children play/ watch this so-called game?
Society would be put down if it were an animal!
What's wrong with the parents that let their children play/ watch this so-called game? Society would be put down if it were an animal! gathin

3:38am Fri 14 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Why are comments not going through on this story?
Why are comments not going through on this story? GardenVarietyMushroom

3:38am Fri 14 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Hmm - interesting
Hmm - interesting GardenVarietyMushroom

3:44am Fri 14 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Let's see if I can find which bit is causing the problem...
Let's see if I can find which bit is causing the problem... GardenVarietyMushroom

3:44am Fri 14 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Part one?

Got to love the septics. Only they would think that watching Fox News and advising Hilary Clinton is some sort of recommendation.

Maybe lives are at stake on your side of the pond, mate - where you can get an automatic rifle with a box of breakfast cereal - but over here we have this thing called 'common sense' that stops that sort of thing from happening.
Part one? Got to love the septics. Only they would think that watching Fox News and advising Hilary Clinton is some sort of recommendation. Maybe lives are at stake on your side of the pond, mate - where you can get an automatic rifle with a box of breakfast cereal - but over here we have this thing called 'common sense' that stops that sort of thing from happening. GardenVarietyMushroom

3:46am Fri 14 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Got to love the septics. Only they would think that watching Fox News and advising Hilary Clinton is some sort of recommendation.

Maybe lives are at stake on your side of the pond, mate - where you can get an automatic rifle with a box of breakfast cereal - but over here we have this thing called 'common sense' that stops that sort of thing from happening.

Though that's a little unfair perhaps to most of America who, according to your Wiki page, think you're a kook. Got to say, after reading what you've been up to, I agree. I laughed out loud several times. I especially liked this passage;
Thompson said he would donate 10,000 to a charity designated by Take-Two CEO Paul Eibeler if any video game company would create a game including the scenario he described in the letter. The scenario called for the main character, whose son was killed by a boy who played violent video games, to murder a number of industry executives (including one modeled on Eibeler) and go on a killing spree at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Video game fans promptly began working to take Thompson up on his offer, resulting in the game I'm O.K - A Murder Simulator, among others. Afterwards, he claimed that his proposal was satire, and refused to make the promised donation.


So why not take your hypocritical, misery profiteering, self righteous, puritanical, teabaggery and sod off.

Note to Argus: You're not doing yourself any favours giving this guy column inches.
Got to love the septics. Only they would think that watching Fox News and advising Hilary Clinton is some sort of recommendation. Maybe lives are at stake on your side of the pond, mate - where you can get an automatic rifle with a box of breakfast cereal - but over here we have this thing called 'common sense' that stops that sort of thing from happening. Though that's a little unfair perhaps to most of America who, according to your Wiki page, think you're a kook. Got to say, after reading what you've been up to, I agree. I laughed out loud several times. I especially liked this passage; [quote]Thompson said he would donate 10,000 to a charity designated by Take-Two CEO Paul Eibeler if any video game company would create a game including the scenario he described in the letter. The scenario called for the main character, whose son was killed by a boy who played violent video games, to murder a number of industry executives (including one modeled on Eibeler) and go on a killing spree at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Video game fans promptly began working to take Thompson up on his offer, resulting in the game I'm O.K - A Murder Simulator, among others. Afterwards, he claimed that his proposal was satire, and refused to make the promised donation.[/quote] So why not take your hypocritical, misery profiteering, self righteous, puritanical, teabaggery and sod off. Note to Argus: You're not doing yourself any favours giving this guy column inches. GardenVarietyMushroom

3:47am Fri 14 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Really Argus? Using the dollar sign stops me posting?
Really Argus? Using the dollar sign stops me posting? GardenVarietyMushroom

4:04am Fri 14 Feb 14

gathin says...

GVM? Ex-squaddie?
GVM? Ex-squaddie? gathin

4:25am Fri 14 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

gathin wrote:
GVM? Ex-squaddie?
Hell no!

Whatever gave you that idea?
[quote][p][bold]gathin[/bold] wrote: GVM? Ex-squaddie?[/p][/quote]Hell no! Whatever gave you that idea? GardenVarietyMushroom

5:10am Fri 14 Feb 14

gathin says...

Calling them septics.
not many on here would know what you're on about.
Calling them septics. not many on here would know what you're on about. gathin

5:37am Fri 14 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Ah, well I'm English you see... it's a phrase in common usage on the other side fo the bridge. For those that don't know - septic is rhyming slang - septic tank = yank.

I was in the army cadets though gathin, if it makes you feel better?
Ah, well I'm English you see... it's a phrase in common usage on the other side fo the bridge. For those that don't know - septic is rhyming slang - septic tank = yank. I was in the army cadets though gathin, if it makes you feel better? GardenVarietyMushroom

8:41am Fri 14 Feb 14

county mad says...

The only question is how these children have been allowe: access to this foul fantasy. It is not designed for young minds its for the adult mindless (sorry gvm couldnt resist)
The only question is how these children have been allowe: access to this foul fantasy. It is not designed for young minds its for the adult mindless (sorry gvm couldnt resist) county mad

9:47am Fri 14 Feb 14

Afghan Hound says...

You do seem to have a big chip on your shoulder GVM. But then you know what they say about mushrooms, 'Kept in the dark and fed sh*t.
You do seem to have a big chip on your shoulder GVM. But then you know what they say about mushrooms, 'Kept in the dark and fed sh*t. Afghan Hound

10:34am Fri 14 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

county mad wrote:
The only question is how these children have been allowe: access to this foul fantasy. It is not designed for young minds its for the adult mindless (sorry gvm couldnt resist)
Couldn't resist what county? Unsubstantiated cheap shots?
[quote][p][bold]county mad[/bold] wrote: The only question is how these children have been allowe: access to this foul fantasy. It is not designed for young minds its for the adult mindless (sorry gvm couldnt resist)[/p][/quote]Couldn't resist what county? Unsubstantiated cheap shots? GardenVarietyMushroom

10:35am Fri 14 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Afghan Hound wrote:
You do seem to have a big chip on your shoulder GVM. But then you know what they say about mushrooms, 'Kept in the dark and fed sh*t.
And talking of unsubstantiated cheap shots...

Chip on my shoulder about what exactly? And how does your mushroom reference relate to that?
[quote][p][bold]Afghan Hound[/bold] wrote: You do seem to have a big chip on your shoulder GVM. But then you know what they say about mushrooms, 'Kept in the dark and fed sh*t.[/p][/quote]And talking of unsubstantiated cheap shots... Chip on my shoulder about what exactly? And how does your mushroom reference relate to that? GardenVarietyMushroom

11:20am Sun 16 Feb 14

PorAtreides says...

You know, there is no such a thing like a dangerous video game. Those games become dangerous in the kind of society you people have built. Same as the number of armed psychopaths aiming their guns to kids in schools, they would indeed be harmless in other countries. You americans have the same problem as the guy who found his wife cheating with the neighbor in his sofa, and his solution was to dump the sofa. So long that combination of private health care ( that usually oversee mental illness) with people having access and consuming bullets like skittles, and the kind of parenting that kan leave his kid to play gta by its own, well... needles to say how screwed you are.
You know, there is no such a thing like a dangerous video game. Those games become dangerous in the kind of society you people have built. Same as the number of armed psychopaths aiming their guns to kids in schools, they would indeed be harmless in other countries. You americans have the same problem as the guy who found his wife cheating with the neighbor in his sofa, and his solution was to dump the sofa. So long that combination of private health care ( that usually oversee mental illness) with people having access and consuming bullets like skittles, and the kind of parenting that kan leave his kid to play gta by its own, well... needles to say how screwed you are. PorAtreides

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