A boy from Iowa is on trial for some truly terrible crimes in what is quite simply a horrifying incident, unfortunately for the rest of the world, to add to the sadness of what has happened, video games have been brought into the mix once again.
The boy is on trial for the shooting and killing of his own mother last March, where evidence was heard from a 911 call where the boy (Noah Crooks) told the dispatcher that he shot his mother after she removed his copy of Call of Duty, the boy said “Something just came over me”.
Now of course, this isn’t a case of he played Call of Duty, saw that guns were cool and shot her, at the age of 13-14 it’s easily possible for anyone to get emotionally upset about something they care about, in this instance, it just happened to be a computer game.
“I feel crazy and I know I’m not. I think I have some form of ADD…I tried to rape her. I tried to rape her but I couldn’t do it…Who tries to rape their own mom? My life is down the drain now.” said Noah to the Jury, in regard to his attempted rape of his 37 year old mother.
Noah has admitted that he is responsible for his mothers killing, and his attorney confirms that he is not denying the charges, but the attorney is claiming that the boy suffered what is being referred to as a “tumor of rage”, rendering him insane at the time of the killing, confirmed by a child psychiatrist testimony that the boy would or has suffered from this mental illness and would likely see repeated episodes of violent behavior.
To make matters worse still, the gun used was a .22 caliber rifle, which was gifted to him by his mother when Noah was 11 years old, so he was already in possession of the weapon used for the murder and clearly had easy access to it from a young age.
The boys father wasn’t at home at the time of the incident only to find out from his son via text message, later confirmed by the local sheriff’s deputy, which is said to be the first confirmed killing in the town in over a 100 years.
My heart goes out to the family involved and it saddens me to hear stories like this to a great extent, because simply… this is just awful and no matter what anyone tells you, this boy clearly needed help and still does. Do I think this has anything to do with the boy playing Call of Duty, no I don’t, no one bit.
What are your thoughts on this one, where does the blame lie, is it simply with the child, with his parents for providing him with a weapon, or do you think its simply something like Call of Duty. I know this is a controversial subject on so many levels, but I really would like to here your opinions on this one.