posted on Jul, 29 2004 @ 09:20 AM
I think this goes beyond corporal punishment. If you're mentally unstable a spanking won't stop you from killing someone. And I can't even
imagine blaming the murder victim for "doing something to tick him off" as that is simply absurd. I doubt the 14 year old did anything to deserve
being killed especially in that manner. Here's the problem as I see it time and time again....
1) I've seen parents get a movie and sit the kids down in front of it and they themselves never watch one minute of it. Don't even know what
happens in it. Their kids watch shows and they can't even tell me the names of the shows, much less what they're about.
2) They buy records and games and don't take even a minute to listen. Forget listening, they don't even look up the song lyrics on the internet or
seek out any information about the game. Never even play it. They have no idea what is in it. And if they do refuse the game, just as it's already
been said, the kid goes to a friend's house and plays it. Parents don't talk with each other about what their rules are before sleepovers, ect.
This is not out of line or intrusive! It is your right to make sure what your child is doing at someone else's house, and if it goes against what
you allow them to do, then you can decline the invitation on your child's behalf. It's a parent's right. It doesn't make you uncool or a prude
or anything else. Besides, parents shouldn't be worried about whether they're seen as cool or not. They need to worry about being parents.
Too many nowadays seem to want to be the kid's friend instead of authority figure. It's not going to work. The primary function is to safeguard,
train and educate the child, readying him/her for the adult world. Not to be the coolest mom or dad on the block. I've seen some seriously snotty
brats out there who have "really cool parents" who let them do anything they want. That's a problem.
This kid had something wrong with him before the game. The game probably just enhanced it, especially if he was spending every waking moment playing
it, becoming immersed in it, fantasizing about it. I know adults who play the NFL and other sports games so much when they first get them that they
joke about dreaming the stuff, it gets so embedded in their brain. If he has some kind of mental problem, life in prison won't help him, he'll need
to be remanded to some kind of medical facility. If he's not mentally unbalanced and just a ruthless killer, he needs to go.
Added as a matter of info/interest... a review of the game:
[edit on 29-7-2004 by torque]