Student Arrested for Creating Game Map of School

 
  • Student Arrested for Creating Game Map of School

    A high school student was arrested for creating an in-game map of his school and sharing it with his friends. This story was recently featured on Slashdot. I'm pasting the contents of the story below to help ease the stress on the servers, which still seem to be suffering from the Slashdot effect:

    Chinese Community Rallies Behind Student Removed From Clements
    by Bob Dunn, Apr 30, 2007, 11 57 am

    Members of the area Chinese community have rallied behind a Clements High School senior who was removed from the campus and sent to M.R. Wood Alternative Education Center after parents complained he’d created a computer game map of Clements.

    About 70 people attended the Fort Bend Independent School District’s April 23 meeting to show support for the Clements senior and his mother, Jean Lin, who spoke to FBISD Board trustees in a closed session.

    While an agenda document does not specify details, the board is holding a special meeting tonight to address the boy’s actions and the discipline that was meted out as a result, sources close to the matter say. The boy’s name was not identified last week, and the district has declined to discuss his case.

    Richard Chen, president of the Fort Bend Chinese-American Voters League and a acquaintance of the boy’s family, said he is a talented student who enjoys computer games and learned how to create maps (also sometimes known as “mods”), which provide new environments in which games may be played.

    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.

    “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.

    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.

    “All he did was create a map and put it on a web site to allow students to play,” Chen said. “The mother thinks this is too harsh.”

    FBISD officials declined to comment on the matter Monday. “Our challenge is, people in the community have freedom of speech and can say what they want, but we have laws” covering privacy issues, especially involving minors, that the district has to respect, said spokeswoman Nancy Porter.

    Speakers at the FBISD Board’s April 23 meeting alluded to the Clements senior’s punishment, and drew a connection to the April 16 shootings at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, in which a Korean student shot and killed 32 people.

    The Asian community “faces new pressures” as a result of the shootings, William Sun told board members. “We urge the school and community not to label our Asian students as terrorists.”

    “We should teach our children not to judge others harshly” and not to target people as being a threat because of their race, said Peter Woo, adding that the school district should lead the way in such efforts.

    But Chen said Monday he and other community members don’t consider FBISD’s actions in the case to be racially motivated, and don’t think they blew the incident out of proportion.

    “They all think the principal has to do something – but how much? We do understand with the Virginia Tech incident…something has to be done,” Chen said. “Someone just made a mistake, and we think the principal should understand that.”

  • A terroristic threat, caused by a hammer.
    "Be the hammer" gets a quite new meaning.

    • [Deleted user] said...
    • User
    • 6 Aug 2007, 21:45

    heh

    Kaffeekranz said:
    A terroristic threat, caused by a hammer.
    "Be the hammer" gets a quite new meaning.



    since they prefer to use cold-war-leftover M-16's and AK-47's to fix their beds, a hammer becomes a massive threat..

    stupid fucks.

    • Segador said...
    • User
    • 18 Aug 2007, 05:47
    “We urge the school and community not to label our Asian students as terrorists.”

    So he was arrested for being a Terroristic Threat.

    Yeah.

    Since the "ic Threat" added on the end makes such a difference, right?

    • [Deleted user] said...
    • User
    • 13 Sep 2007, 15:05
    These kind of things make your brain stop...

  • The stupid, it burns.

  • The world these days... I did the same thing with good ol' Duke 3D back in the 90's, but of course in this police state that's considered a bad thing.

    I'm surprised more video game developers don't incorporate the familiar in their designs... shopping malls... fast food joints... parks... that's where i'd like to fight my online wars - wouldn't you?

    I think the point of FPS games is to act out violent fantasies in a safe environment so you don't end up taking it out on the people in your real life! (well, not necessarily by going on a killing spree, but you get my point)

    When the stupid conservative bastards who control this world realize that stepping on the toes of these kids and taking away their outlets of aggression will only do more to destroy their (the conservatives) way of life, maybe they'll stop pulling these disgusting power trips on the hapless men women and children of this nation.

    Fuckin' A.

    Oh my god! It's a signature!
    • Kcnk said...
    • User
    • 16 Dec 2007, 14:54
    ohhh you funny americans :-D
    but i think that for couple of years we has same problem.. but we are small country with small GDP :-)

    .Red, yellow, black or white
    It doesn't matter.everyone dies tonight
  • The article is a little vague. It doesn't say which game the map was for. I really can't see how a map like that would be a "terroristic threat" if it were for CounterStrike or Rainbow 6. Someone would have to be the CTs, right? However, if it were for Doom or something and the kid had filled his school with dismembered bodies, certainly, it's time to speak to his family. But "terroristic threat?" Is that even a correct phrase?

  • something like this happened after Columbine. Some pricks made a game on the internet called Columbine Killer, or something of that sort. It took place in the high school and you were the kids who shot down their classmates at Columbine. this shit is desensitizing.

  • but arresting the kid is a shit idea. that's not gonna do anything for anyone. it's just a way for our country to shove our problems to the side. maybe someone could've jsut listened to the kid, and not arrest him. our justice system doesn't make sense

  • ...

    I have lost faith in most humans

    • Attvck said...
    • User
    • 10 Jul 2008, 16:15
    "said he is a talented student who enjoys computer games and learned how to create maps (also sometimes known as “mods”)"

    All he did was probably make a little re-make of the school and played on it with his friends. Counter strike perhaps? o.O

    “We urge the school and community not to label our Asian students as terrorists.” (for making a map?)

    but surely, then all of the other game developing industries which make remakes of famous places such as..erm.. Landmarks and cities to include in their virtual world should be locked up for terrorism o.O Yes, yes of course! Because They will surely cause the next 9/11 by launching a virtual nuclear warhead...

    chyeah.
    • [Deleted user] said...
    • User
    • 16 Dec 2008, 19:00
    thedevilmyself said:
    The world these days... I did the same thing with good ol' Duke 3D back in the 90's, but of course in this police state that's considered a bad thing.

    I'm surprised more video game developers don't incorporate the familiar in their designs... shopping malls... fast food joints... parks... that's where i'd like to fight my online wars - wouldn't you?

    I think the point of FPS games is to act out violent fantasies in a safe environment so you don't end up taking it out on the people in your real life! (well, not necessarily by going on a killing spree, but you get my point)

    When the stupid conservative bastards who control this world realize that stepping on the toes of these kids and taking away their outlets of aggression will only do more to destroy their (the conservatives) way of life, maybe they'll stop pulling these disgusting power trips on the hapless men women and children of this nation.

    Fuckin' A.


    Couldn't agree more.

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