Thirteen-year-old held on murder char...

Thirteen-year-old held on murder charge in stabbing of brother

There are 46 comments on the WBIR Knoxville story from Jul 17, 2007, titled Thirteen-year-old held on murder charge in stabbing of brother. In it, WBIR Knoxville reports that:

Authorities near Philadelphia say a 13-year-old boy fatally stabbed his brother with a steak knife -- over a video game.

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“I AM WHO I AM”

Since: Apr 07

Knoxville, Tennessee

#22 Jul 18, 2007
This is truly sad...
TEAM ME

Rogersville, TN

#23 Jul 18, 2007
About video games..........
One Christmas my husband and I were in a Toys R Us in the checkout line. The lady in front of us was buying Grand Theft Auto for her 7 year old. As luck would have it, we managed to strike up a conversation with her eventually leading her to question the purchase of the game. We had to literally point out the MATURE rating. She asked a few more questions about it. Yes, we have played the game, but we were 30 years old at the time and have no children. She asked if it would be a good game for her 7 year old and that he wanted it badly. We stated that no child of ours would play that game and that the ratings were there for a reason. She ended up not buying the game.

Hello parents? Where are you??????????
SHUTITOFF

Lake City, TN

#24 Jul 18, 2007
DC tells it like it is wrote:
<quoted text>
I totally agree with you on this statement. As I have watched the evolution of Nintendo in my home from the first game out of the box.
At first when Mario was being played, I would watch the players. They would be moving, flaying about with his jumps. Was fun to watch, and they were having fun.
Then the games where violence came out and I noted the body movement stopped. Shoulders curled forward, stance still, mind churning, and a coldness in attitude. There was such a concentration in these games, spelled bond killing both male and female, dog, cat and any other creature that came their way.
The perfect army was born. Japanese army.
Over time, the frightening thing you've all mentioned. Is this behavior went from the TV sets,(being used to play Nintendo on) and was taken to the streets, the schools, into everyday life,our malls, and into our homes.
And the age keeps getting younger.
Shows on TV depict violence, killing of young females, of whole families, or whatever fits the producers fancy to obtain the largest based audience.
There is hardly a parent one paying the utmost attention to their child or children. Our modern day and age in the states has completely lost it's focus.
We have swept the children under the rug. Leaving them to play these games, watch these shows, including horror films of any kind.
The young are left to formulate their own opinions, angers, loves and whatever emotion makes up the total human being.
America has become the "Lord of the Flys". I have yet to lock down when on TV there is a "reality" show where children are given a town to do as they please without adults.
I believe strongly that all of America should focus on the program, if it lives up to my hopeful expectations , we will have a taste of what children really think, as well as how they really feel. Not to mention their politics.
As a whole, we need to stop whatever we are doing and pay attention to the children, they really have something very important to tell us.
They wish to say..what is coming.
For their's is the future.
What is coming is--- NO TV FOR YOU
abc

Kingston, TN

#25 Jul 18, 2007
Such a tragedy!
DC tells it like it is

Knoxville, TN

#26 Jul 18, 2007
What is coming is--- NO TV FOR YOU

But, I don't have a TV.
Just compassion.
Ticked

Murfreesboro, TN

#28 Jul 18, 2007
Sorry, but until someone can provide conclusive evidence that video games have the ability to warp otherwise perfectly normal and decent kids, I won't buy into the "video games made him do it" nonsense.

The story doesn't even mention what game he was playing. It could've been Tetris for all we know, and that's a completely nonviolent puzzle game.

Should younger kids be allowed to play some games? Of course not, but it's not that hard to read and understand the rating system in place. Heck, you could look at the pictures on the game box, or even get clues from the game title.

For example, I once overheard a woman asking about a game by the name of "Killzone." Gosh, I don't know. It sounds like it might involve killing or something. I'm glad she bothered to ask about the game, but a little common sense is in order.
GAME_boy_FREAK

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#29 Jul 18, 2007
Ya know DAWN were i come from there are these ants called bobo ants as in retarded ants and they usually get every whereso we kill those ants for fun...and that boy was just probably threatened his brother or was just playing w/ him and accidentally killed him by dropping the knife or who KNOWS!!!! he killed him on perpose i haven't read any details yet but don't get like that and YOU!!! DC tells it like it is u wrote this

"America has become the "Lord of the Flys". I have yet to lock down when on TV there is a "reality" show where children are given a town to do as they please without adults."

look iknow thatu were using a figure of speech or w/e but NO it has not if so u would see a 5 -9 year old running down the street in his underwear at night screamming war chants while hiped up on some sugar craze and killing his friend or in this case his brother and no that reality show will never happenfirst of all if it does u would need the consent of parents.........oh and by the way DC SUCKS!!!!!!! MARVEL RULES!!!!

also i agre with Laura Croft

Laura Croft wrote:
Awe come on, don't down the games. If you're weak minded enough to let a "game" control your life, then the problems lie way deeper than that. The games are rated, for a reason. The parents need to control that. I will say this, though. If I ever come across a T-Rex...I'll nail him! LOL!

LOL! that was funny......and the adults are the responsible ones. but its not the video games fault it never is!!!!!!!!!! My little brother plays violent video games all the time and hes exactly the same as of he never played it!!!!! OK OK I lied........he has better hand eye coordination now........lol don't ever blame it on the video games........if the child is going to those extremesand besides they never said THAT THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE OF WHAT VIDEO GAMES DID TO HIS MIND AND THATS WHAT CAUSED HIM TO KILL HIS BROTHER!!!!!!!!! if something like that happened its because the child has a disorder up there!!!!!!!

oh and just something totally random i actually read on some religoius site that i got sucked into: that "pokemon are made to trick ur children into turning into little demons"

.....OH NO DON'T LET UR CHILD LOVE A PIKACHU!!!!!!
GAME_boy_FREAK

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#30 Jul 18, 2007
1 MOOOORE TING!!!!!!! I TOTALLY AGREE WITH Ticked

Ticked wrote:

Sorry, but until someone can provide conclusive evidence that video games have the ability to warp otherwise perfectly normal and decent kids, I won't buy into the "video games made him do it" nonsense.

The story doesn't even mention what game he was playing. It could've been Tetris for all we know, and that's a completely nonviolent puzzle game.

Should younger kids be allowed to play some games? Of course not, but it's not that hard to read and understand the rating system in place. Heck, you could look at the pictures on the game box, or even get clues from the game title.

For example, I once overheard a woman asking about a game by the name of "Killzone." Gosh, I don't know. It sounds like it might involve killing or something. I'm glad she bothered to ask about the game, but a little common sense is in order.

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#31 Jul 18, 2007
GAME_boy_FREAK wrote:
1 MOOOORE TING!!!!!!! I TOTALLY AGREE WITH Ticked
Ticked wrote:
Sorry, but until someone can provide conclusive evidence that video games have the ability to warp otherwise perfectly normal and decent kids, I won't buy into the "video games made him do it" nonsense.
The story doesn't even mention what game he was playing. It could've been Tetris for all we know, and that's a completely nonviolent puzzle game.
Should younger kids be allowed to play some games? Of course not, but it's not that hard to read and understand the rating system in place. Heck, you could look at the pictures on the game box, or even get clues from the game title.
For example, I once overheard a woman asking about a game by the name of "Killzone." Gosh, I don't know. It sounds like it might involve killing or something. I'm glad she bothered to ask about the game, but a little common sense is in order.
George Bush loves pacman!

“I AM WHO I AM”

Since: Apr 07

Knoxville, Tennessee

#32 Jul 18, 2007
james johnson wrote:
<quoted text>George Bush loves pacman!
LOL!!!

There needs to be some humor in here, this story is depressing.
GAME_boy_FREAK

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#33 Jul 18, 2007
Knoxxie wrote:
<quoted text>
LOL!!!
There needs to be some humor in here, this story is depressing.
lmao totally agree but it is a serious thread
occifer

Oak Ridge, TN

#34 Jul 19, 2007
Let's see - Jamir kills his brother Antwan - I am betting that they probably didnt get many Christian values (such as not killing brother) from their family and parent (I left the "s" off intentionally.

Unfortunately, many inner city kids look to gang bangers and rappers for their examples of how to resolve conflict.
in awe

Atlanta, GA

#35 Jul 19, 2007
occifer wrote:
Let's see - Jamir kills his brother Antwan - I am betting that they probably didnt get many Christian values (such as not killing brother) from their family and parent (I left the "s" off intentionally.
Unfortunately, many inner city kids look to gang bangers and rappers for their examples of how to resolve conflict.
This is a typical statement from a typical person.
Jeanne

Kingsport, TN

#36 Jul 20, 2007
A 13 yer old boy MURDERS his brother and some of you get into a tizzy about typing in all caps or the validity of playing video games??????
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What is wrong with THIS picture?
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I would like to know where the parents were when this happened?
Harry

Nashville, TN

#37 Jul 20, 2007
Sadly a not too uncommon occurence....a tragic sign of the times.... violence begets violence.
Harry

Nashville, TN

#38 Jul 20, 2007
Things have certainly changed.
DC tells it like it is

Knoxville, TN

#39 Jul 20, 2007
Ticked...here they come:

http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s1...

a whole book on it: http://www.amazon.com/Violent-Video-Effects-C...

http://www.orwelltoday.com/videomindgames.sht...

http://culturalpolicy.uchicago.edu/conf2001/p...

http://www.mediafamily.org/research/Gentile_N...

This list can go on and on...

But for reasons go I....you will all know more about this then the researchers and their kind.
DC tells it like it is

Knoxville, TN

#40 Jul 20, 2007
Here is one more, and this one by a young person: http://blog.scifi.com/tech/archives/2007/05/0...

Very interesting things are being said here.

“I AM WHO I AM”

Since: Apr 07

Knoxville, Tennessee

#41 Jul 20, 2007
This story has been in the newspaper all week.
This crime took place right around the corner from where I live.

"One of the things they wanted me to tell Jahmir is that they don't blame him, they love him and they know it was an accident," says Assistant Public Defender Lisa Nicola. She's speaking about the suspect's family.

Well, at least they don't hate his guts for killing his brother.

The 13-year-old boy waived a preliminary hearing.
Ticked

Murfreesboro, TN

#42 Jul 20, 2007
Then explain how myself and millions of other gamers grow up to be normal, well-adjusted people.

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