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Posted Apr 16, '14 at 7:43pm

VonHeisenbourg

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Seeing as how I did not any other threads with mention of this I felt the need to share this story of how a thirteen year old boy shot his mom in the head, for taking away a Call of Duty game, after trying to rape her and then blamed it on ADD.

 

Posted Apr 16, '14 at 7:53pm

Freakenstein

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I don't know what is more disturbing: the act, or the behavior afterwards. Hopefully (there wasn't a need to in the article's comment section) we won't need to reiterate here that various objects aren't a cause of one's anger, rather the anger itself was brought out due to said objects. Quite clearly different affairs!

 

Posted Apr 16, '14 at 7:56pm

Kasic

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Well, clearly, there's something mentally wrong with the kid. I don't know what more there is to say about it. I'm sure people are out there blaming the incident on violent video games, lack of corporal punishment, and no prayer in schools and other crap like that, but what it comes down to is the kid has something messed up in his head.

The far tougher question is: What do you do with someone like this?

 

Posted Apr 16, '14 at 8:21pm

Freakenstein

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but what it comes down to is the kid has something messed up in his head.


Yeah, his speech afterwards suggests the aggressiveness is not constant, but rather is brought out after a negative revelation, but that's what the psychologists are trying to find out, looks like.

What do you do with someone like this?


I don't think it said they tried him as an adult, or even begun to try him at least. If he's tried as a minor, he'll have a lot of time in Juvenile to say the least, while also being screened psychologically.
 

Posted Apr 16, '14 at 11:48pm

MattEmAngel

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I'm going to go ahead and state that CoD is not the problem here, since someone somewhere will undoubtedly insist on it, because
1. Call of Duty has zero sexual content.
2. He was 13 and wasn't legally allowed to purchase a Call of Duty game.

I'd hate to think what actually caused him to do that, though. I don't know that any video games reward people for shooting bystanders and raping them. Either way, he was underage. Illegal possession and whatnot.

Sorry, just needed to get that out. I bet the news media is going to love stapling "Call of Duty" to the incident.

 

Posted Apr 17, '14 at 12:55am

EmperorPalpatine

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I bet the news media is going to love stapling "Call of Duty" to the incident.

No they won't, because it happened over 2 years ago and the trial was nearly 1 year ago. There's a reason this wasn't mentioned in any recent threads.
 

Posted Apr 17, '14 at 1:23am

MattEmAngel

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No they won't, because it happened over 2 years ago and the trial was nearly 1 year ago. There's a reason this wasn't mentioned in any recent threads.


*facepalm*

I have failed to comply with the One Great Rule Of WEPR: "You should have clicked the link!" Noooooooooo!
 

Posted Apr 17, '14 at 2:06am

Reton8

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It's odd that you don't see any of the real big news stations reporting on this story at all. Huffington Post, Examiner, and Mirror are the three predominant sites that show up when you search the story. Not that they are small time sites, but they aren't news affiliates like like NBC, ABC, Fox, CNN, BBC, or even AOL or Yahoo.

For a second I thought maybe the story was an internet hoax, but there are images of the boy in court when you Google his name. After finding a few more articles this, this must be a real case. (Although, yes it looks like this happen a year or so ago.)

Here is what a Huffington Post article has to say.

An emotional William Crooks described his son's troubled relationship with his mother, Gretchen, as loving but marred by intense arguments and increasingly violent outbursts, ABC affiliate KAAL reported.


On May 4, witnesses who knew Noah Crooks from school testified that the boy had grown increasingly violent at school in the month leading up to his mother's death...


As for the verdict of his trial (according to this source):
After more than 18 hours of deliberations, a Wright County jury found Noah Crooks guilty Monday afternoon of second-degree murder and not guilty of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse in the March 2012 shooting death of his mother, Gretchen.


One witness ... testified that Noah Crooks had spoken of suicide the previous year. The witness also said the boy "got angry quicker... heâd get mad at things he wouldn't usually get mad about."
 

Posted Apr 17, '14 at 4:54am

pangtongshu

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Reading the 911 call, it seems that he wasn't trying to use ADD as an excuse per se, but that he was just trying to think of what possibly could have come over him to do such an act.

Most people, especially kids/teens hardly use ADD/ADHD in appropriate context..I assume maybe he sees kids acting crazy/hyper in small bouts and then say they have ADD and thinks maybe a severe form might make one do what he did.

As goes without mention, Call of Duty isn't what made him do the act. He's a teen, going through some teenage stuff, and probably used Call of Duty as an outlet for some stress he may have had. Having it taken from him may have released some built up stress he had been suppressing (which the final quote in Reton's post further leads me to believe).

Does this excuse his actions? Of course not, although it heavily implies the course of action I would opt for would be for psychiatric care for the boy.

 

Posted Apr 17, '14 at 5:06am

Reton8

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I think child was troubled beyond stress. Something, whether it genetic (born with brain chemical deficiencies or something), environmental (several small problems adding up or a few larger problems adding up to something very big), or a combination of both, had led the boy to have increasingly violent and more frequent outbursts as well as suicidal thoughts.

 
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