Children as young as six 'acted out rape and sex scenes' from Grand Theft Auto

Schoolchildren acted out rape scenes, used the "strongest of sexual language" and simulated drug use

Maria Tadeo
Wednesday 12 February 2014 17:16
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Children as young as six are simulating rape scenes from adult video game series Grand Theft Auto, a headteacher has warned.

A letter sent to parents at a Welsh primary school warned school children acted out scenes involving rape, sexual intercourse, drug use and used the "strongest of sexual swear words" on the school playground.

Staff at Coed-y-Brain Primary School blamed the inappropriate behaviour on the best-selling video game GTA, which allows users to take on the role of criminals and has sold more than 32 million copies worldwide. The game is rated 18+.

In a letter to parents, headteacher Morian Morgan said: "They are acting out scenes from the game which include the strongest of sexual swear words.

"They are having conversations about sexual acts and play acting extremely violent games that sometimes result in actual injury."

Speaking to the South Wales Argus, Morgan insisted the letter isn't an attack on parents. He hopes the warning makes them aware of the worrying trend.

Morgan said: 'I sent out the letter with some trepidation but I’m pleased I sent it because all the comments, as far as I’m aware, have been very supportive.

"Until I went online and checked the content of this game, I thought it was just a bit of swearing and some shooting and I think some of the parents will tell you that they have been equally naive," he added.

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