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Coroner’s warning as teenager, 14, is found hanged from a bunk bed after playing violent video game Call Of Duty with his stepfather

  • Callum Green had been on his PC before he killed himself last year
  • He was grounded, and also wanted to run away with his girlfriend, 13, and have a baby, an inquest was told
  • 'The age limitations on these various computer games are there for a very valid reason,' coroner John Pollard warned
  • Mass murderers Anders Breivik and Mohammed Merah were avid players of Call Of Duty

Parents should not allow their young children to have access to 18-plus video games after a schoolboy hanged himself after playing the ultra-violent Call Of Duty, a coroner has warned.

Callum Green, 14, regularly played the 18-certificate game with his stepfather despite it featuring graphically realistic scenes of soldiers carrying out gruesome killings.

The teenager then began telling his 13-year old girlfriend how he wanted to run away from home and have a baby with her, his inquest was told.

After being grounded by his mother following a row he was found hanging by his school tie from his metal framed bunk bed.

At an inquest in Stockport, Greater Manchester coroner John Pollard said he could not understand why anyone would want to play the video game series which has sold 100 million copies around the world.

Earlier this year Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik had claimed he had 'trained to kill' his 77 victims by playing the Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare game. He said it helped him 'develop target acquisition' using 'holographic' technology.

Terrorist Mohammed Merah, 18, also played Call Of Duty before causing terror across south west France in March when he shot dead three soldiers and four civilians, including a Rabbi and three children, at a Jewish school in Toulouse.

In recording an open verdict Mr Pollard told Callum’s family: 'The age limitations on these various computer games are there for a very valid reason and I do see the evidence of inappropriate computer games.

'Why quite frankly anybody would want to be playing them, I don’t know.

'It’s very important that young children don’t play them or have access to them.

'I make a plea with parents to keep a very close eye on their children in that way.

'For whatever reason and it is I’m afraid somewhat mysterious Callum just decided that he was going to put the tie around his neck and suspend himself from the bunk beds.

'Was that with the intention of killing himself or just to give you a shock, we don’t know.'

Before he died at his family home near Stockport in March last year, Callum had been upstairs in his bedroom playing on the computer, though his family said he was probably using Facebook and Youtube.

But the hearing was told he had been a fan of playing Call Of Duty, where players are 'soldiers' fighting in current wars and played frequently with stepdad, David White.

When asked about the game and it’s 18 certificate by the coroner, Callum’s mother Emma Green became visibly upset, admitting she had known of the age restriction.

She told the coroner: 'Callum was 14, 15, he was very mature.

'Kids play worse games than that. He was allowed to play Call Of Duty but not other games. He was only allowed a few hours on the PC.

'Does that make me a bad parent? Because I let him play those games?

'I banned him from other games where they slash their throats and stuff, I stopped him playing that, but Call Of Duty I didn’t.'

The court heard that on the day Callum had died he had stayed home from school with a sprained ankle and had argued with his younger sister when she returned that afternoon about making a sandwich.

A plate had been broken in the kitchen and Callum was told he was grounded by his mother.

Callum became quite upset but remained downstairs with the family, having something to eat and drink in the kitchen before going to his room to use the computer. At around 4:50pm, his mother went upstairs to use the bathroom and found him.

Giving evidence, Mrs Green, said: 'After the argument he went in the front room and started crying, he asked to go out.

'He was grounded because on Wednesday he met up with Chloe and he didn’t come back until 11:20 at night so I grounded him.

'In the kitchen he had something to eat and drink and then he went upstairs on the computer on Facebook and Youtube.

'I was watching telly and I went upstairs about 4:50pm and that’s when I found him.

'I was going to the toilet but I was thinking of letting him go out.'

Miss Green described Callum as happy and that he had never given any indication of wanting to harm himself or being desperately unhappy.

The inquest was told Callum had an ‘on, off’ relationship with a girl called, Chloe Kirkham, who had previously dated one of his friends, Aaron Burgess, just before him.

He and Aaron were noted as arguing on Facebook a lot but in his evidence Aaron said he and Callum were friends really, though they didn’t always talk much.

He said: 'Every time I saw him he always had a smile on his face.'

Miss Green disputed that they were friends saying that a message Aaron had wrote on Facebook to Callum was ‘sick.’

Chloe Kirkham, 13, Callum’s girlfriend, gave evidence in which she described him as being happy, smiling and said that he loved to play football on Sundays.

Speaking to Callum’s mum, she said: 'He told me that you always grounded him and that he wasn’t happy at home.

'He kept asking if I would have a kid with him and I said no, I’d only just turned 13.

'He said he wanted to get away from home.”

Teachers at the 1,200 pupil Audenshaw High School where Callum attended said when he first started he had attendance and homework problems but that these had significantly improved.

Head of year Tracey Kelly said the school had looked into issues of bullying but that they could find no evidence of any bullying and that Callum had seemed mostly settled at school.

MPs have called for new restrictions on violent video games with Labour backbencher Keith Vaz, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee leading calls for new powers to ban material rather than only apply age classification.

A spokesman for Audenshaw High School said: 'It was with the greatest sadness that the school learnt of the sudden death of Callum Green.

'Callum was a friendly and popular student. He was liked and respected by staff and students alike.

'The passing of a member of the school community produces a great sense of loss. The thoughts and prayers of all at Audenshaw School are with Callum’s family and friends at this extremely sad time.'

The last few COD games made me want to hang myself too, but I stayed strong.

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MPs have called for new restrictions on violent video games with Labour backbencher Keith Vaz, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee leading calls for new powers to ban material rather than only apply age classification.

Fuck off Vaz. How about parents get their shit together and not allow kids access to content that is rated for adults only.

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There is no doubt about it, online COD is bad for your mental health.

It's embarrassing to think back to the number of times I've sat in despair, punching my knee and going 'fuck! fuck! fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck!' as an adult. And yet that's kind of the addictive appeal: repeatedly going back in the hope of finding a lobby/session where you're not repeatedly screwed over by various factors beyond your control. When it works properly and fairly, it's a great time sink. It's the other 99% of the time that drags you down.

It's a messed up world when underage gamers can make $hundredsofthousands by posting videos of themselves playing COD on YouTube.

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The bit I don't get is why they think COD had anything to do with it.

"Well we grounded him and then he went on facebook and youtube and then killed himself".

"Right"

"Oh yeah and he played COD sometimes".

Never mind that he was so unhappy he wanted to run away from home etc.

As usual the parents are useless twunks

'I banned him from other games where they slash their throats and stuff, I stopped him playing that, but Call Of Duty I didn’t.'

Apart from that bit in most of the COD games where you sneak up on someone and slash/stab them in the neck. Or the twenty times a match when you stab someone for a cheap kill.

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I don't really understand why the rest of the article makes it sound like has wasn't playing CoD at all, but just in a huff with his mum.

I also don't understand why people go into such wild rages playing games like CoD online. Those people probably shouldn't be allowed to play these games either. There should be Rage Ratings on the front of the box. Or at least a You Must Be This Calm To Purchase markers.

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I don't really understand why the rest of the article makes it sound like has wasn't playing CoD at all, but just in a huff with his mum.

I also don't understand why people go into such wild rages playing games like CoD online. Those people probably shouldn't be allowed to play these games either. There should be Rage Ratings on the front of the box. Or at least a You Must Be At Least This Calm To Purchase markers.

I agree, I am a cold and calculating killer of men whenever I play it, which is

a) Probably psychologically much worse.

b) Why I kick fucking arse.

I say when I play it, I haven't actually played it in probably two years, but it's probably my favourite multiplayer game ever.

EDIT: Probably my all time high score of typing probably on the forum.

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The puzzling thing is he had everything going for him, PC in the bedroom, a shit mother who didn't know how violent the games he played were, and a girlfriend at 14 who didn't run away at the mention of wanting her pregnant... if only I had all these things at 14... whereas I was banned from playing Goldeneye. Kids these days are so spoilt.

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A note on suicide rates and Black Ops ownership levels, because I was interested (I'm not any more):

There are about 5000 suicides in the UK each year (figure is from a Samaritans report from 2011). Black Ops apparently sold 3 million copies in the UK in its first three months on sale (this is from a news article on Eurogamer), which I think means at least about one in twenty of the total population have played Black Ops. So if we assumed for the sake of convenience that suicide risk and Black Ops ownership are kind of evenly spread across the population (and that each copy sold only got played by one person and no copies were sold after its first three months on sale) - not because it's true but just because it'll help give us a baseline figure to work from - we'd expect to see around 250 Black Ops players committing suicide each year.

I guess what I'm saying is that Black Ops owners don't appear to be doing a particularly excessive amount of suiciding just yet, unless it's going under-reported. Maybe they have other things in their lives besides stupid videogames.

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