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Kid kills his parents over Halo 3

March 4, 2009

When his parents confiscated his copy of Halo 3, 16-year old Daniel Petric retaliated by shooting both parents, killing his mother, Susan Petric. His father Mark Petric, a minister at the Life Assembly of God in Wellington, Ohio survived.

Mark Petric placed the game in his lock box, along with his 9mm handgun, which was presumably the weapon that was used in the shooting.

It seems that Daniel Petric was previously an active boy, who had been housebound for a year due to injuries sustained in a snowboarding accident. His lawyers speculated that the enormous amount of stress played a role in the tragic events that took place on October 20th, 2007.

According to the boy’s father, Daniel Petric was heard to say in the courtroom:

Dad, I’m so sorry for what I did to Mom, to you and to the family, I’m so glad you are alive.

To which Mark Petric replied:

You’re my son. You’re my boy.

It is a truly a heart-wrenching story, which might well be dismissed by some as another case of kids being violent after playing violent video games and still others will use it to highlight the dangers of keeping guns in the home. These cases are always infinitely more complex than the headlines reveal. This is a tragedy that has claimed one life and irrevocably altered the course of two others.

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WTF !  I don’t get how I can play GTA3 from age 11 and not turn around and shoot someone when this weird Halo nut can shoot his mum over not having games he was too young to play.  Right, lets analysis this. The parents don’t want him to a mature (17+) rated game, parents arn’t in the wrong . I and millions of other gaers have bben playing violent video games since the earlist days of  our gaming, not to do with the game.  The stores are ID as well as they can to prevent underages getting mature titles. SO, whos to blame then? I don’t understand what turns these kids inside out and back to front..,someone tell me.

– Djhobbs

2 Comments leave one →
  1. hannahbonanza11 permalink
    March 5, 2009 3:46 am

    tbh hobbs, its americans. theres your answers. they are too fat and get bullied for it so kill all there school mates. i mean i got bullied in year 4/5 and im not going out shooting people. its there upbringing i reckon. not the games. have you noticed that the majority of these news stories are from america and no where else? the majority of shootings are from america. its because there guns are too easy to get hold of and they are too stupid to raise their kids to not shoot people. sorry for the rant

  2. Helen permalink
    March 5, 2009 5:15 pm

    I don’t think it’s fair to say they shoot people cos they’re American Hannah! I know some Americans are dicks but there are dicks in every country, maybe most of these things happen in America cos it’s such a big country so there are more dicks there. I do agree that guns are too easy to get hold of though, the amount of households in America with guns is crazy, they cause more trouble than they solve – it’s just like here in Britain, if you take a knife out for protection you’re more likely to be stabbed than protected.
    I studied media violence as part of my A level psychology course. I don’t think media violence causes real violence. As you say Hobbs, if it did then everyone who plays GTA/has seen Natural Born Killers etc would be going round killing each other. A violent child is usually violent due to their upbringing, or it could be in their genes to be pre-disposed to violence. Google the St Helena media violence experiment – TV was introduced to an island that previously had no television, and the effect was studied over a ten year period. The children were allowed to watch whatever they wanted and NO increase in violent activity was recorded.

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