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 Jan 24, 2005 - 01:00 PM - by Michael
* School bans Halo 2 tournament

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A school in Puyallup, WA has banned using Halo 2 tournaments as a fundraising activity because of a "anti-violence" policy.

As a precaution, the boys even got parents to sign waivers acknowledging the graphic nature of the game.

But the Puyallup School District canceled the fundraiser, saying the game goes against its anti-violence policy.

"They never really talked to us and told us where they've seen that violent video games encourage violent behavior so I don't really believe it," Alston said.

But the school district says they don't think it's too sensitive.

"When you look at what happened with Columbine, when you look at acts of violence against young people, I think anything we do that even looks like we're endorsing violence is not appropriate," said Karen Hanson with the Puyallup School District.

The district is backing one tsunami effort at all schools. Students are packing 10,000 health kits destined for tsunami-torn countries.

But the boys remind us that the district canceled Halloween celebrations because they were insensitive to the Wiccan religion.

"It's just a question now of when do they stop?" Alston said.
They stop... never. It's a case of school administrators who are on a power trip, boys.

Gamers, this is the High School in question. Please send them emails, if you like - but be polite! Swearing at them won't help fix the issue.
 

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