9yr Old Boy Taken To Court For Taking Gun To School, Minecraft To Blame… Wait, What!?

/ 5 years ago

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We’ve all heard the stories of video games causing violence, no doubt you’re sick of them as much as I am too! Yet one stood out this morning that just didn’t add up to my mind, one child has been taken to court over a video game that you wouldn’t normally associate with “violent video games”, I am of course talking about Minecraft.

Minecraft is a global phenomenon, a huge wave of gaming craziness that has become the play thing of millions of gamers of all different ages, but this is easily the first time I’ve heard of someone partaking in anything even remotely violent because of it. OK I admit there may have been one or two drunken arguments about it at the occasional LAN gaming event, but even then it is highly unlikely.

The nine year old boy in question hails from Orlando, Florida. He was taken to court and sentenced to home confinement by a judge, even though it is said that the boy could barely see the judge over the podium! The charges brought against the boy were unfortunately pretty serious, especially given that he was only 9. He was found carrying “an unloaded handgun, a magazine with six bullets inside, a steak knife and a small-handled sledge hammer” according to reports from WFTV-TV of Orlando.

“They use hammers to dig and knives and guns to protect themselves from zombies,” said the boys father.

I’ve only played about 5 minutes of Minecraft in my life, personally I’m pretty sure there are no guns in there? Correct me if I am wrong. I also doubt that Minecraft was the only game this kid played, he’s nine and has access to a computer and from the sounds of it, his gaming habits are not that closely monitored either.

The boys father said the guns firing pin had been removed, so there was no chance of it being fired. However, he still found it, as well as live ammo, not to mention the knife and hammer that he took with him!

We’re all used to the video games cause violence scapegoat, but Minecraft hardly fits the bill does it. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this, sound off in the comments section below.

Thank you WFTV for providing us with this information.

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19 Responses to “9yr Old Boy Taken To Court For Taking Gun To School, Minecraft To Blame… Wait, What!?”
  1. Lewis SwishBang Osborne says:

    Couldn’t possibly be my bad parenting?! I pay no attention to what my kid is spending his time doing. CANT BE ME!

    Must be the games. Yep. No doubt about it.

  2. Matti Alexander Christensen says:

    only in america…

  3. Aidan Warner says:

    If the Dad said that there are guns in the game, it’s pretty obvious that he doesn’t play the game himself, this meaning he can’t exactly blame the game.

  4. Simon says:

    Look i would like to point out that minecraft is very addictive and often causes me to de construct my neighbours house brick by brick and the occasional block of tnt but you don’t hear me whining about my court cases!

  5. Alex Beaven says:

    Was it the Father’s gun by chance that was kept within easy reach of his 9yr old son . How stupid is this guy & he needs teaching how to raise kids & the dangers of keeping guns in his house. Video games are always getting the blame & if it’s not games it’s the Movies or TV . Never the fault of bad careless parenting ! Oh surprise surprise it’s happened in the good old USA the land where they love their guns more than their cars .

  6. Thomas says:

    Even if guns where in minecraft its not like minecraft said to the boy “you must take a gun to school or else”

  7. Ryan Airth says:

    Minecraft is the worst in my opinion, I mean, how many other games can you bury your friends alive, push them to their deaths in burning pits of lava, it even promotes the medieval way of life, with swords, armor etc, I’m surprised a noose isn’t part of the game.

    I’m kidding, although, to this is kind of ridiculous, one thing every parent needs to make sure is that their child/children understand that what is done in games cannot be done in real life(well, for the most part, you can drive a race car, if you become a race car driver), as well as the fact that they are simply games and aren’t real. In my opinion, the fact that games can be very immersive makes things harder. I personally remember, when I was around 10-13 (18 now), I played San Andreas a lot, I started swearing a lot, I soon stopped as I learned that it wasn’t nice to swear. Hopefully you can see my point.

  8. Mark DaVe Burns says:

    Is it bad that the worst part of this for me was that the father thought you use ‘hammers to dig?’

  9. Shannon Aldridge says:

    The only case that minecraft would have a gun would be with user created mods, as you can get hammers and guns in minecraft via mods.

  10. patrick kanne says:

    Yeah, because there’s absolutely nothing wrong about a kid having access to said firearm… Humanity.. I’m getting real tired of your shit…

  11. Caio Cogliatti Jabulka says:

    It sounds to me as the father is trying to blame the game for his own mistakes and screw-ups!

  12. Thomas Sullivan says:

    Here we go again..

  13. mitch says:

    People really need to stop trying to put the blame on videogames and blame the parents. I mean, Minecraft or for that matter, any other videogame, didn’t give the kid a gun, knife and hammer nor did the game leave said objects in an easily accessible, unguarded location.

  14. WrestlingHub says:

    How the fuck did the kid get access to a gun?

  15. Tyler Smith says:

    Bullcrap!, two things, 1. Minecraft doesn’t have guns !, and 2. zombies aren’t real……… well, yet.

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