It’s not surprising that video games are once again being blamed for real-world violence, but it is surprising when a game like Minecraft is at the center of the controversy. A nine-year-old boy was sentenced to home confinement by a judge after he brought “an unloaded handgun, a magazine with six bullets inside, a steak knife and a small-handled sledge hammer,” into school.
“The boy’s father said he was playing a character he learned from the video game Minecraft,” WFTV reports.
“They use hammers to dig and knives and guns to protect themselves from zombies,” he said, according to the station.
While the father didn’t have enough good sense to prevent his child from accessing these items, at least the firing pin on the gun was removed. At any rate, it’s pretty clear that Minecraft is being used as a scapegoat for bad parenting here. Of course, “Bad Parenting Blamed For School Violence” isn’t a headline your likely to see anytime soon.