Monday, April 30, 2007

Modding Student Arrested

Fort Bend Now in Richmond, TX reports the arrest of a student for making computer game maps of his school. The game he made the map for was most likely Counter Strike.

The map the boy designed mimicked Clements High School. And, sources said, it was uploaded either to the boy’s home computer or to a computer server where he and his friends could access and play on it. Two parents apparently learned from their children about the existence of the game, and complained to FBISD administrators, who investigated.
Making maps of familiar places is commonplace in gaming. In middle school, some friends and I based an entire campaign around the Middle School. Teachers were present as "Boss Monsters" you had to kill, along with the normal monster fare you would find in a Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Oh and Bill the Cat. Our DM had a thing for Bill the Cat.

We grew up to be upstanding citizens of the community.

The police searched his house, and did they find and guns or bombs??????????

“They arrested him,” Chen said of FBISD police, “and also went to the house to search.” The Lin family consented to the search, and a hammer was found in the boy’s room, which he used to fix his bed, because it wasn’t in good shape, Chen said. He indicated police seized the hammer as a potential weapon.

“They decided he was a terroristic threat,” said one source close to the district’s investigation.

Oh a hammer. A dangerous hammer.

The word terrorist is thrown around all too liberally the last 5 to 6 years, and it has to stop. I wont get into it here, maybe on the Poop Laden Blog some day.

Sources said that although no charges were filed against the boy, he was removed from Clements, sent to the district’s alternate education school and won’t be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies with classmates.
I don't understand why the boy is being punished. No charges were filed, and all they found was a hammer to fix his bed. Oh ya. He's Chinese.


brooks said...

that is pretty ridiculous. maybe if he wasnt chinese i would feel bad.

Ian said...

Wow.. thats pretty stupid

Anonymous said...

"maybe if he wasnt chinese i would feel bad" ???? what's that supposed to mean?

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Anonymous said...

I blame the parents who complained. It seems that "parent complaints" have been a major cause of problems in schools recently. Many parents have grown paranoid, protective and aggressive in recent years, and that just, to me, seems to show that they make no attempt at trying to understand their children. The parents who complained have ruined this kid's life over a trivial event, and probably permanently unless the school board revokes the decision, which seems unlikely at this point.

Anonymous said...

Does this mean the Metal Plotting Rule i keep on my desk for when im plotting (DUH!) is a weapon.. HOLY SHI...IM A TERRORIST