Connecticut Town Organizes Video Game Burning Event
Posted on Thursday, January 3 @ 09:08:00 PST by Keri_Honea
Southington, Connecticut is a small town that neighbors Newtown, the town that most sadly experienced the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, an event I can barely discuss without tearing up. Since Southington is so close to Newton, it's hardly surprising to learn that the Southington school district's superintendent was flooded with emails from concerned parents asking what they could do to help Newton and prevent such a tragedy from befalling their own schools.
The Southington SOS, a community organization consisting of the Chamber of Commerce, the local YMCA, the board of education, the fire department, town officials, United Way, and local clergy, has decided to sponsor a Violent Video Games Return Program as one way to help their community. The program will take place on January 12, 2013, where parents can return violent video games in exchange for a gift certificate donated by the Chamber of Commerce.
Joe Erardi, Southington school superintendent, explained to Polygon that the purpose of this program is for parents to have a "real, sound conversation with their children about video games."
"We're suggesting that for parents who have a child or children who play violent video games, to first of all view the games," Erardi further stated. "We're asking parents to better understand what their child is doing. Have a conversation about next steps. If parents are comfortable (with their child's gaming habits), we're comfortable."
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