Town in Massachusetts Holding Drive to Reward Children for Returning Violent Entertainment

The headline sounds like a familiar story... and it is.

Not too long ago, we reported that a town in Connecticut, not too far from Newtown, was holding a drive to collect and destroy violent videogames. Families that turned in games would receive $25 gift cards as rewards. Soon after, SouthingtonSOS, the committee holding the drive, announced that they were cancelling the program because their goal of bringing the message for parents to open up a dialogue with their children about videogames had been completed… and because logistically, the rewards program would be a nightmare to fulfill.

Now, according to The Boston Globe, Melrose, a town in Massachusetts, may be planning a similar program that Mayor Robert Dolan hopes to have running by Feb. 1. This program, called New Year –New Direction, calls for residents to get rid of violent media in exchange for coupons to local business and "get out of homework free" coupons to motivate kids.

"I'm not saying people shouldn’t have [violent games and toys], but, at least in my house, things have changed since Connecticut," said Dolan.

This isn't the only part of Massachusetts that has acted out against violent media, as the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has recently decided to remove all violent videogames from rest stops at the Massachusetts Turnpike.


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  • . . . wow. Only mildly less idiotic than the last attempt.
  • It's the bad music, it's the violent video game and it's violent movies. All of that is bad. Really??? Why don't you take a step back and look at the whole picture. What about bad parenting, single parent families, your kids hanging around the wrong people, or just plain mental issue. Does that even enter the minds of people anymore?
  • but shooting people in games never gets old
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  • . . . wow. Only mildly less idiotic than the last attempt.
  • Just another excuse to not take responsibility for not paying attention to your kids. why not have the parent turn in all their assault weapons?
  • Who to blame here, parents or games? Which will get the larger "gift" upon turning them in?