Louisiana boy, 8, shoots 90-year-old relative after playing video game, police say

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Louisiana boy, 8, shoots 90-year-old relative after playing video game, police say

Louisiana authorities say an 8-year-old boy intentionally shot and killed a 90-year-old woman who was his caregiver after watching a video game with violent themes. 

East Feliciana Parish sheriff's deputies did not provide a motive, but they said the boy was playing the video game "Grand Theft Auto IV" -- a realistic game that's been associated with encouraging violence and awards points to players for killing people -- just minutes before the fatal shooting. The game is rated "M" for mature audiences and recommended for ages 17 and older. 

Authorities are calling the shooting a homicide.

They said it happened shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday at the Country Breeze Mobile Home Park off La. Highway 67 east of Slaughter.

Sgt. Kevin Garig told The Advocate that the identities of both the shooter and the victim are being withheld to protect the identity of the juvenile. Garig said the woman died after suffering at least one gunshot wound to the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

WAFB-TV reports the sheriff's office said that although the child told investigators that he accidentally shot the woman while playing with a firearm, evidence has led investigators to believe the child intentionally shot her in the back of the head while she was watching television.

Authorities said the woman was the child's caregiver. Garig said the shooting involved relatives.

The community is said to be in shock over the incident. 

"Where did she have the gun?" neighbor Johnnie Scott asked. "Where did he see the gun, was it in his eyesight? That's the thought that goes through my head," Scott told Fox8live.com.

"From a behavior therapy perspective, I would say that's practicing," Kristopher Kaliebe, a LSU Health Sciences Center child psychologist told Fox8live.com.

"So if you have a video game where someone shoots at a target, that's sort of practicing shooting at a target. When you havea  video game that is shooting at a human being, that is practicing shooting at a human being," Kaliebe said.

The child was released to his parents Thursday night.

Louisiana law prohibits authorities from charging the child with a crime because of his age, the sheriff's office said. The law states: "Those who have not reached the age of 10 years are exempt from criminal responsibility. However, nothing in this article shall affect the jurisdiction of juvenile courts as established by the constitution and statutes of this state."

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. 

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/24/la-police-boy-8-fatally-shoots-0-year-old-relative-after-playing-video-game/#ixzz2cx07yI59

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Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character!!!" 

If your children's "friends" are digital devices, online gaming, and violent media, then don't be surprised if your child is violent and out of control.

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This is just so awful! May

This is just so awful! May God help all those affected by this tragedy.

"The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past. You can't go on well in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches." "The first step toward change is acceptance." "Once you accept yourself, you open the door to change. That's all you have to do." "Change is not something you do, it's something you allow."- Will Garcia

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How does an 8 year old find

How does an 8 year old find guns and bullets in his house anyway?

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Princeofmacedon wrote: How
Princeofmacedon wrote:

How does an 8 year old find guns and bullets in his house anyway?

YUP! Two BIG problems.

Violent Media + Guns/Weapon = BAD IDEA

Even knives are a problem too:

Thailand has banned the video game Grand Theft Auto, after a disturbed teenager allegedly killed a taxi driver in a copycat crime.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/2504016/Thailand-bans-Grand-Theft-Auto-after-copycat-murder.html

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I put 1 and 2

I put 1 and 2 together:

Given:

1. Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Outliers, states that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at something.

2. Flight simulator video games are good for teaching, but they get boring. Eventually the pilot has to learn to fly a plane by flying a real plane. Likewise super duper expensive eye surgeon video games get boring, then eye surgeons go on to performing amazing Superman surgeries.

Then:

3: Kids exposed to violent video games are on their way to becoming experts of violence. But the video games get boring, and they will eventually have to learn violence by inflicting it on someone else.

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Princeofmacedon wrote:

How does an 8 year old find guns and bullets in his house anyway?

YUP! Two BIG problems.

Violent Media + Guns/Weapon = BAD IDEA

Even knives are a problem too:

Thailand has banned the video game Grand Theft Auto, after a disturbed teenager allegedly killed a taxi driver in a copycat crime.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/2504016/Thailand-bans-Grand-Theft-Auto-after-copycat-murder.html

My wife and I had this discussion yesterday, and had a good point about this. There is a lot more to it than meets the surface. In order for someone to do something like this they have to have the pre-existing tendencies. It isn't the game or the guns that turn them into bad people. Does that mean that these games don't bring out violence? No, but all we were saying was that there is way more to this than the media is saying and rather than look at what caused this child to do something that can't be taken back we as a society say "it must have been because of the game". Violent media can affect people but there has to be something that leads them to violence, some pre-existing tendency.

Where were the parents? Why weren't the weapons secured properly? Why wasn't the ammo secured separately from the weapon? Why was an 8 year old allowed to play GTA? What was going on in his life at the time to make him do this? Were there any warning signs?

There is just so much more to this than meets the surface. Even though we can all agree that kids shouldn't be playing these types of games at such an early age, I think it is worth noting that vilifying games will not solve the problem and find the root cause for all of this, nor will it help the family or the little boy.

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Beyond parenting and

Beyond parenting and environmental factors, violent video games for children are bad and not advisable because kids do not have the frontal cortex, a.k.a. "brakes to stop thoughts and motions" - a.k.a. ability to "play the tape to the end" as we like to say it in recovery.

Peer-reviewed research clearly shows that violent media causes violence, consider these two resources.

http://www.psychology.iastate.edu/faculty/caa/abstracts/2010-2014/12AW.pdf

http://www.soc.iastate.edu/sapp/VideoGames1.pdf

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Here is the academic

Here is the academic discussion based on peer-reviewed research.

8 yo boy shoots 90-year-old relative after playing Grand Theft Auto IV

(WARNING: GAMING IMAGES IN CLIP)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yrc1fPcgpF0

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