Police are once again blaming violent videogames after a 13-year-old boy attacked his friend, cutting his throat with a knife. The pair had been arguing while playing Gears of War 3 online. Prosecution lawyer, Andrew Brown claimed that “The reporting officer was of the opinion that the violent videogames played online by the accused may have been a factor in his conduct.”
The incident occurred in Clydebank, Scotland resulting in the victim needing 20 staples to seal the wound. “Don’t die” were apparently the suspect’s parting words before leaving the scene.
While the prosecutor openly blamed videogames, Scottish Police Federation chairman Brian Docherty stated that due to the 18 rating, Gears of War 3 “shouldn’t be played by children of this young age – but online gaming may be outside their parents’ knowledge.” Without directly blaming the game, he wanted to stress that age ratings are there for a reason.
The 13-year-old is currently facing a prison sentence.