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Student Arrested For Using Phone App To 'Shoot' Classmates 706

Posted by Soulskill
from the probably-time-to-shut-down-that-old-quake-server dept.
New submitter Lord_Breetai sends word that a Louisiana high school student has been arrested for using a mobile app to simulate shooting his classmates. The app overlays an FPS-style gun and UI over a real background seen through the device's camera. The student tried it out and then unwisely posted a video of it on YouTube. Another student's parent saw the video and reported it to authorities. Major Wolfe of the local police said, "You can't ignore it. We don't know at what time that game becomes reality. He said it was a result of him being frustrated and tired of being bullied. He said that he had no intentions of hurting anybody. We have to take all threats seriously and we have no way of knowing that without investigating and getting to the bottom of it. With all the school shooting we've had in the United States, it's just not a very good game to be playing at this time." The boy is now facing criminal charges for terrorizing and interference of the operation of a school.
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Student Arrested For Using Phone App To 'Shoot' Classmates

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  • Really? (Score:5, Funny)

    by nospam007 (722110) * on Saturday September 14, 2013 @09:30AM (#44848213)

    If they'd discovered his Whip-App, he would have been accused of racism too.
    Not to mention the beer app, since he's under 21.

  • by linebackn (131821) on Saturday September 14, 2013 @09:49AM (#44848289)

    Isn't there an app so simulate arresting him? That sounds like it would have been more appropriate.

  • by Bob9113 (14996) on Saturday September 14, 2013 @10:01AM (#44848389) Homepage

    Imagine if he had been the kind of psychopath that would image -- and even trivialize -- crushing people's skulls [youtube.com].

  • by icannotthinkofaname (1480543) on Saturday September 14, 2013 @10:14AM (#44848465) Journal

    We don't know at what time that game becomes reality.

    That's a good question. To the end of answering it, I'd like to be the kid's defense attorney for this case, because I've played through all of the Ace Attorney games, and I'm looking forward to the new one coming out soon in English.

    This proposal is a simple one. If I am not allowed to defend the kid in court based on my experience with law video games, then they can't use video games to call him a murderer, so the prosecution has no case on those grounds. If I am allowed to defend him just because I've played some law video games, then we are unlikely to be able to make a decent defense case (but these are criminal charges, so reasonable doubt is a thing).

    If the kid can be a murderer because of a mobile game, then I should be able to be his attorney because of Phoenix Wright.

  • by gerardrj (207690) on Saturday September 14, 2013 @10:45AM (#44848669) Journal

    A 7 year old was arrested for terroristic actions after tossing an airplane across the classroom and it hit the wall, knocking a "teacher of the year" plaque slightly askew. The stunt reportedly tossed the airplane without any reaction from classmates. When one of the students relayed the story to her parents they decided to call the police to warn of the anti-social behavior. When asked, Police Chief Marny Logan said "We had to take it seriously, you never when he'll switch from paper airplanes to real ones. We can't teach kids that it is okay to fly aircraft in to buildings."

    In other news: using chalk to draw in the street is found to increase the risk of future graffiti crime by 43%. Children who stick objects in their nose will one day use a straw and accidentally snort cocaine.

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