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12/17/2008 03:12 AM ID: 75564 Permalink   

Teen Shot Parents in Head - They Wouldn't Let Him Play Halo 3


When the 16-year-old Daniel Petric was caught sneaking into his house with the popular Xbox game Halo 3, his minister father, Mark Petric, would not allow him to play it. Mark took the game away from Daniel and put it inside a lockbox.

Daniel later found the game inside the lockbox which also contained a 9mm handgun. Daniel took both then went into the family's living room where he asked his parents to close their eyes, telling them that he had a surprise for them.

Mark expected a "pleasant surprise" from his son but instead felt his face go numb. Daniel had shot both of his parents in the head. His mother, Susan, later died of her injuries. On the witness stand, Mark told the court that his son felt remorse.

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  Holy crap  
what a psycho...
  by: koenig32   12/17/2008 03:17 AM     
  You dick  
What a way to ruin it for the rest of us. Now video games are going to be blamed for stuff like this ONCE again
  by: syoware   12/17/2008 03:25 AM     
Sounds like he really liked Halo 3, Why did his dad stop him from playing?

I don't want to bring religion in to this but did his dad think it was unchristian to play such a game?
  by: simonwike   12/17/2008 03:41 AM     
  @videogames being blamed  
While you cry and shout out about how the news sensationalized video games being related to murderous teens - won't anyone think about the children!
they're the real victims
teenagers cant walk down a street without adults being scared to the side while they pass, instead of being able to be friendly with them.. it's the news' fault!
  by: TheDeeder   12/17/2008 04:27 AM     
Halo isn't even that good anyway.
  by: Kolman   12/17/2008 04:30 AM     

I'll KILL* you for that!

*And by Kill, of course I mean bake you a delicious cake!
  by: vash_the_stampede     12/17/2008 04:34 AM     
You son of a bitch!
  by: shiftyfarker   12/17/2008 05:54 AM     
Why does a christian minister have a 9mm handgun, tisk tisk, should of gone with the 12 gauge shotgun. /sarc On a lighter note, why did he have a handgun, being a man of god? I do believe from some of my best friends being ministers, are taught against it? Just kinda odd
  by: "joe the plumber"   12/17/2008 06:23 AM     
Halo is crap
  by: bastrel   12/17/2008 06:28 AM     
  @"joe the plumber"  
Holy water burns demons. Bullets stop them faster. Simple as that.
  by: vash_the_stampede     12/17/2008 06:28 AM     
  Justified Concern  
Lets face games have changed alot since they came out almost 30 years ago.
There are many games out there that are great. They are fun to play and some teach while playing.
What some teach is the problem.
We all know that rewardeding kids increases learning. In some games they are rewarded for murder and rape.

Parents need to stick to the rating on the video games.....They are there for a reason.

Have the kids sit and play a fun game of Pong!
  by: dotcom914   12/17/2008 06:41 AM     
The kid never played the game, so there goes your theory that halo some how taught him violence.
As for parents sticking to the ratings of games, the American rating system is flawed, the highest rating is AO18+ for which none of the games consoles allow games to be released under, this means that games with excessive violence get squeezed through as M17+.
Halo3 & Grand Theft Auto4 are both M, yet in other countries like Australia Halo is M15(which is actually just a guide it doesn't prevent kids under the age of 15 from purchasing the game) GTA4 is MA15+(which means you have to be over 15 to purchase the game and need parental supervision to play the game) Also i believe that modifications were made to conform with Australia's tight classification system, New Zealand Halo3 is rated R16+ and GTA is rated R18, in Europe halo is rated 16+ and GTA is rated 18+. So with all these countries imposing less strict restrictions compared to the US on halo and higher restrictions then the US on GTA why aren't all these other countries spitting out nut jobs worse then the US. I own both games and GTA would have to be way more violent then Halo3 yet under the American system they are given the same classification. The only country that didn't rate GTA 18+ was America(with the exception of Australia cause it was modified). With such a flawed classification system how are parents supposed to actually "stick to the ratings of the game", how are they supposed to have confidence in making a decision about the content that they allow there children to view when there is no consistency in ratings. If anything not playing video games causes violence, i would say there would be a way higher proportion of people that don't play video games and commit a crime then people who do play video games and commit crimes, video games can be an outlet. In conclusion this guy murdered his mum cause he couldn't play a game not because he did.

On a side note i think the father is a hypocrite and a prick, his son is stuck at home from a an injury and his father decides to prevent him from playing a game that he has decides is in appropriate assuming because of it violent content at the same time as being in possession of a gun, guns and violence go hand in hand ..WTF?
  by: shiftyfarker   12/17/2008 07:29 AM     
  This kid  
needs to be thrown inside a cell with padded walls, like, immediately
  by: ToofDogger     12/17/2008 07:31 AM     
  Before you condemn the kid  
did you ever think that the parents were so tyrannical that they drove him to it? Maybe this was the last straw.
  by: walter3ca   12/17/2008 08:13 AM     
And they say video games induce violence... he had not even played it yet!
  by: rogeratvfan   12/17/2008 08:25 AM     
The real trouble is, and correct me if I'm wrong, I don't think the stores actually have to verify their age - at least in the states. Like they have to legal requirements to check ID like they have to (or at least are *supposed* to) when they sale cigs and alcohol, it's more of a formality than anything else.

Personally, I think the game rating code – while well intentioned – is a bunch of bullshit and just allows parents to get out of even more of their parental responsibilities. Parents should be fully aware of the games their children are playing, just like the movies they are watching and songs they are listening to.

We don’t need “codes” to tell us what our kids shouldn’t watch. We need parents to step up to the plate and actually start parenting again.
  by: vash_the_stampede     12/17/2008 10:32 AM     
  Halo 3?  
This really has nothing to do with Halo. This kid was obviously screwed up before he bought it. NOT being able to play a game doesn't make normal people get homicidal.
  by: Eidron   12/17/2008 01:46 PM     
  Games don't kill people....  
....guns do.
  by: chiffington   12/17/2008 03:01 PM     
  That's not it...  
There are examples that span from liberal left to far right; but all in all the culture is very different from just 30 years ago. Not that dotcom ever attributed Halo3 with teaching this boy how to kill, it seems obvious (at least to me) that the main stream(media, movies, music etc) promotes gratuitous sex and violence in a very 'out of balance' way and anyone who tries to imply negative effects or opposing views are labeled as undesirables who would seek to censor freedoms based on distorted or backwards religious views.
If there is no authority and no objective standard, then I wouldn't be surprised to see this trend to continue
  by: crosimoto     12/17/2008 03:18 PM     
  Guns don't kill people...  
crazy people that use them do.
  by: Trevelyan   12/17/2008 03:18 PM     
  Games can be part of the problem.  
We are not all created equal. Two kids brought up in the same home and raised identically can have different personalities, likes, dislikes, IQs, etc. Kids brought up in different homes with different values, different backgrounds and genetics can be just that much more different.

You sit one kid down and turning on one violent game won't make them a killer. However, constant, reinforced and rewarded game playing can shape or pervert a young persons mind that isn't mature enough or parented well enough into thinking this is the norm. That itself may not all of them killers. Couple in genetics, IQ, violent TV/Movies, violence in the home, etc and we now have a recipe for disaster.

Would I go become a killer if you sat me down for 30 hours and I played a violent game? No. But I mature, I understand fantasy and reality, I don't have poor behavior control, etc, etc, etc. We are not all created equal.

What we watch does shape our perception of the world. Studies have shown that males who frequently watch porn have an poor perception of their penis size. They think their penis is small when it may actually be in the normal/average range for all males.

If this was an article about a person who assaulted his wife but he grew up in a home where this was the norm, we'd call it a cycle of violence. We would still want him punished but we would understand where it comes from and we would want to try and stop that.

I am not the kind of person (and I doubt most of you are) that would go into a McDonald's and shoot the staff because they screwed up your order. Not all people are the same.

Will I allow my kids to play violent video games? Yes. BUT only if they have shown me that they have a concept of reality/fantasy, they don't already have violent tendencies or poor behavior control and are mature enough to understand what they are doing. We are not all the same.

These news stories that seem to blame games aren't necessarily calling for bans on games but maybe to reinforce the restrictions and make the public/parents aware that this can cause detrimental effects on your children. These stories may be repetitive but different generations are being created and raised on a daily basis.
  by: yortap2   12/17/2008 03:30 PM     
Putting restrictions on video games is also society's way of parenting those who can't parent.
  by: yortap2   12/17/2008 03:32 PM     
How do you know the kid never played the game? He could have very well been playing this and otehr games...such as GTA and the friends' houses. He just happened to bring the game home.

In a sense though even though games DO influence teens (I see this with my own son, so don't bs me about that), I think much of the blame goes for the parents and their religious strictness. If they were so strict as to not allow him to play that game, I wonder why he had the console in the first place.

Plus they must have tried to lecture him with bible verses on why he must not play the horrendous, violence filled, game of Halo 3...
  by: bkraul   12/17/2008 04:20 PM     
Well said!
  by: StarShadow     12/17/2008 06:32 PM     
My question is, if he put the game in a lockbox how was the kid able to open the lockbox? Obviously it wasn't secure enough to store the game let alone a loaded 9mm.
  by: ronny_cordova   12/17/2008 07:50 PM     
  so many things wrong  
First, the lockbox obviously wasnt too secure. Why even have the lockbox?

Second, the defense is that the snowboarding accident left the kid with nothing to do, but he managed to sneak out and buy a video game? Doesn't he have any friends? Sounds like he was able to move around just fine, and capable of shooting a gun.

Third, in this particular case I believe the boy is not capable of determining the difference between reality and fantasy. Since the father lived it's my belief that he was acting out something that he had saw where the kill shot was a perfect world scenario. One shot for each person. If it was rage driven I'm pretty sure he would have pumped a few extra shots to make sure his parents were actually dead. But that's just an initial assumption off of the facts I was given. He also could have immediately regretted his decision, but why not after the 1st shot?

Personally, if it was my son I would make sure that he gets the death penalty if I didn't get to him myself first. He is a dangerous person and society doesn't need another person like him.
  by: teh_epic     12/17/2008 08:19 PM     
Yes, crazy people use guns.
  by: H. W. Hutchins   12/17/2008 08:58 PM     
  Someone has to say it  
The reality is the following:

BOOM!! Headshot!!
BOOM!! Another Headshot!!
You just got P0wned NOOBs!
  by: kmazzawi     12/17/2008 10:10 PM     
  Boy oh boy  
Keeping a gun in your house sure does keep you safe! Yesiree!
  by: Mister crank     12/17/2008 11:08 PM     
  @joe the plumber  
Why wouldn't he have a 9mm? What does being a man of god have to do with that?

Being a man of god he has no rights to self defense? I mean sure I have faith but I don't think gods going to strike dead the crack head trying to rob his family just because he is a man of god.

I have a good friend who is a preacher, he carries a concealed firearm. One day I asked him why he choose to carry his GLOCK .40 cal and asked is the whole only god had the right to decide who dies etc wasn't a conflict of interest?

His reply, what? Just because I'm a man of god I have no right to protect myself? I hope I never had to defend myself but if I do, god will decide if the person I shoot is to live or die AFTER I shoot them.

Kinda made me laugh even though he was serious. I kind of had to agree with him though.
  by: kristmen   12/18/2008 12:43 AM     
  @Mister crank  
Yep sure does. I'm glad you can agree.

  by: kristmen   12/18/2008 12:48 AM     
  I think that...  
I think that the media loves to sensationalize video games contribution to violent crimes within America, the fact is until not that long ago legislators and family groups were taking aim at TV & Movies to take the blame for the apparent media related violent crime epidemic. It’s in the media company’s best interest to focus the blame on games companies. The fact is that violent crimes have reduced dramatically over the last 100 years within America, considering that violent movies have only been around for about 60 years and violent games have only been around for about 20 what was making everyone violent before.

Reports relating to media/games violence vary and are inconsistent; at best the studies find that video games have an overall effect on bullying but virtually no effect on violent crimes, at worst they show no consistent trends at all. What makes a lot of the studies a waste of time is that they just try to measure how a player feels, if they feel more aggressive, real studies that actually identify connections between violent video games and violent actions need to be done. A lot of these studies fail to meet the standards required to be used as evidence in trial where dependence want to use the video game made me do it defence.

It’s all to easy for parents to blame the game but it is far more likely that environmental variables and socioeconomic levels play a bigger part in creating a killer then a game. Parents need to spend more time with there kids and ensure that they know that there actions outside of games have real world consequences and for the most part I think that most children have a maturity level that they are capable of identifying if an action is morally or legally wrong. Games are just the scape goat and what worse that as can be seen on this form so many mindless knobs believe that BS that they are fed. Also to whoever said they can see that a game has an effect on there kid, until they become a violent criminal or murder someone it doesn’t mean anything.
  by: shiftyfarker   12/18/2008 01:59 AM     
THANK YOU! that kid is gonna be so disappointed when he plays that next week

that game sucks @$$
  by: Devil Duck     12/18/2008 11:29 PM     
  @ Shifty  
I NEVER said the game caused the kid to do anything.
My statement was in general terms.

So chill...
  by: dotcom914   12/19/2008 01:49 AM     
  The kid is a mentally deficient...  
He definately had a terribly short-sighted decision making process. How is he gonna afford call of duty 4 when Halo 3 gets boring.

For the record; Halo 3 rules; so does COD4
  by: I Need $   12/19/2008 05:21 AM     
  halo blows  
  by: datsuncaptain1     12/19/2008 07:02 AM     
  Microsoft Begets Violence  
The XBOX360 engenders violence -- playing the xbox simply takes too much patience. The loading times are excruciating, when the games finally work you have a high chance of either the console bricking or the disc scratching up. Then you have to deal with Microsoft customer service, upon which it takes several weeks for either the console or the game to be replaced.

That was probably his third copy of Halo 3. ahaha
  by: Malefice   12/19/2008 01:44 PM     
  <deleted by admin>  
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  by: TheWorldDeservesHate   12/19/2008 02:21 PM     
You smell like troll
  by: shiftyfarker   12/20/2008 03:36 AM     
  This actually  
just proves that NOT playing video games causes violence.
  by: Lois_Lane     12/22/2008 06:07 PM     
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