'Active Shooter' video game sparks outrage

A new interactive video game called 'Active Shooter" lets players "shoot up" a school. Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson with all the threats they are currently dealing with against kids and teachers in school. It's just a crazy idea.

Posted: May 29, 2018 10:08 PM
Updated: May 30, 2018 9:17 AM

Update - According to national reports, the game's developers removed the game from online sales. 

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A new interactive video game called 'Active Shooter" lets players "shoot up" a school.

It has parents and politicians outraged across the nation over its scheduled release.

Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson says with all the threats they are currently dealing with against kids and teachers in school, it's just a crazy idea.

"It's very concerning that these types of activities are being implored into our children," said Johnson. "They're going to learn this. They're going to play these games. It's going to become violent and teach violence. And at some point and time, somebody will act on."

'Active Shooter' will let players choose between playing a "SWAT team" member responding to an active shooter, or a shooter with an objective to "hunt and destroy" students at a school.

"We're sitting here trying to do what we can as law enforcement to prevent these things, and we're being counter-attacked by games teaching violence and things of this nature," added Johnson.

Active Shooter is on an online gaming platform. On its website the game issues a warning:

"Please do not take any of this seriously. This is only meant to be a simulation and nothing else. If you feel like hurting someone and people around you, please seek help from a local psychiatrist or call 911 (if applicable)."

"That in its own admission is telling you it will have some negative effect on an individual," said Johnson. "We don't support it at all."

The game is set to be released on June 6.

Sheriff Johnson says he hopes people in the county, state, and nation join in to protest its release.

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