A boy shoots his caregiver after playing a violent video game -- "Grand Theft Auto IV." On Aug. 25, CNN reported that the 8-year-old shot and killed his caregiver -- reportedly his grandmother -- in Slaughter, Louisiana. The boy used the woman's gun, grabbing it after he finished playing the video game. At first, the child told police that it was an accident but after an investigation, police learned that the boy intentionally shot 87-year-old Marie Smothers.
"We have a child who does not know the impact of the consequences of the act he committed. He truly doesn't understand that," said lawyer Sclynski Legier. The boy will not face charges.
A boy that shoots his caregiver might deserve to face some consequences -- and perhaps he will be reprimanded by his parents -- but in the state of Louisiana, children under the age of 10 are "exempt from criminal responsibility" -- regardless if he knew what he was doing or not.
Police are still very much involved in this case, trying to answer some really important questions. People want to know where the child got the gun -- and how he was able to shoot it with precision. Why was the gun not in a safe and why wasn't it locked? Debates surrounding this story are really heating up.
The boy shoots caregiver story is just the latest piece of news involving a child getting a hold of a gun and killing someone without really understanding the big picture.
© Effie Orfanides 2013