Coroner implicates Call of Duty in Teenager’s suicide
The Manchester Evening News looks at the words of Coroner John Pollard. The paper notes that before he died, Callum Green had played Call of Duty. The MEN says that the Coroner “did not blame the game for the fact that Callum, of Keston Crescent, Brinnington, Stockport, hanged himself”.
So. Why mention it?
But he did warn parents about the dangers of ultra-violent video games.
Why? Are his views based on science or a hunch? He said:
“Age limitations on these various computer games are there for a very valid reason. I do see evidence in inquests of inappropriate games. It’s very important that young children don’t have access to them. I would make a plea that parents do keep a close eye on what children do play.”
What does the coroner do?
Coroners inquire into violent or unnatural deaths, sudden deaths of unknown cause, and deaths which have occurred in prison. A coroner’s authority to inquire flows from the report of a body being within the coroner’s district and not from where the death occurred. The coroner’s inquiries may take one of several forms and may result in the holding of an inquest.
The coroner will…“try to help you understand the cause of death of the person who has died (but will not be able to give any legal advice)”.
As a reader asks:
If he isn’t blaming the game, why mention it in this case?
Metro tops that:
Call Of Duty alert after boy, 14, found hanged by his school tie