In wake of the Newtown, Connecticut Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, a small Connecticut town about 30 miles away, Southington, has started organizing a violent video game buyback program with the intention of destroying them once they have been sold back. Yes, that’s a little reminiscent of a good old-fashioned book burning.
The event being held on January 12 is the product of SouthingtonSOS, a group of Southington organizations like the YMCA, Chamber of Commerce, fire department, and board of education.
Following the Sandy Hook shooting, Joe Erardi, the superintendent of Southington School, said the school received a flood of emails from concerned Southington parents asking how they could help the neighboring Newtown, as well as how they could better protect their children’s school from some kind of similar tragedy. Erardi’s response did lead off with the proper advice of recommending that parents talk to their children about violent video games, as it’s a parent’s responsibility for how their child is raised, rather than the responsibility of, for example, Activision or Square Enix. However, he then directed parents to the video game buyback drive, noting that they’ll receive a $25 gift card for dumping off some violent games.
What’ll happen to those games? Erardi said that the discs will be snapped, thrown in the dumpster, and most likely incinerated, making the event nearly indistinguishable from a book burning.