A 9-year-old boy in Orlando, Florida appeared at court on Friday for bringing weapons to school. His father blames his son’s behaviour on Minecraft.
School officials said the boy brought several weapons to Hunter’s Creek Elementary on Wednesday including a handgun, a magazine with six rounds, a steak knife and a small sledge hammer.
The handgun came from the boy’s house but according to the father, “the gun was stored in a drawer but the firing pin component had been removed” so there was no chance that the gun could ever have been fired.
“They use hammers to dig and knives and guns to protect themselves from zombies,” the boy’s father said. Shovels are used to dig in Minecraft and in real life. Swords and bows are used to protect yourself in Minecraft, not knives and guns. (However, there is an existing mod that can do this)
According to officials at Endeavor Elementary School, the boy told three of his friends before school that he had weapons whom all reported him to a school resource officer. The boy was then found and taken away from everyone else in school after which the authorities were called to investigate.
The boy was charged with possession by a firearm on school grounds, possession of a firearm by a minor and possession of a concealed weapon. He was sentenced home confinement.
“I thought I was going to have a heart attack. I couldn’t believe it,” said the boy’s father.
I’m probably one of the few gamers that don’t completely disregard the possibility that violent video games lead to violent behaviour. Due to the fact that there isn’t enough conclusive evidence supporting or opposing the argument, I choose to withhold opinion. However, it seems like video games have become the prime scapegoat for the bad behaviour of children and teenagers that it’s come to the point that Minecraft, a game about creating structures and mining, can be blamed for something like this.
I understand how some people can see games like GTA or Call of Duty as an influence (or even a catalyst) to aggression but Minecraft? The father mentioned how hammers are used to dig in the game while guns and knives are used to fend off zombies. Obviously, he’s never watched or played Minecraft but this also means that video games, regardless of genre or content, are viewed in a completely negative light.
If the same boy started building a small shed in his backyard, would his father blame Minecraft?