It’s an ancient, troubling question: Do children emulate the behavior they see portrayed in video games or do video games simply emulate life?
Plenty of kids have joined the military after playing games developed by the military.
And how many have injured themselves while leaping for mushrooms or getting wedged in a giant green pipe while trying to rescue a kidnapped lover?
Now, word comes word that kids are running around and punching innocent pedestrians for no reason, a behavior many who have played Grand Theft Auto 5 have witnessed as they punch the buttons of their controller.
CBS News reports three people have been killed in Syracuse, St. Louis and New Jersey in the ”terrifying new game” that may be “sweeping the nation.”
In New Jersey, three teens have been arrested in New Jersey for punching and killing a homeless man. A man interviewed there says teens call the fad ‘Knockout’ and dare each other to perform a “one hitter quitter,” which means knocking out a random pedestrian with one punch.
Fox News has a summary of other recent attacks.
A Pittsburgh-area teacher survived a surprise punch and said he doesn’t remember the incident. The 15-year-old who knocked him unconscious is charged with simple assault. He has not been identified because he is a juvenile.
Two Syracuse teens that punched and killed a man were sentenced to 18 months confinement in a “family court ” case.
Laughing teens interviewed by CBS, whose faces are blurred because they are minors, said ‘Knockout’ is not about “anger,” it’s about fun.
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