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South Korean teenager kills mother, self over video games

By Andrew Moran     Nov 16, 2010 in Crime
Seoul - South Korean police say that a 15-year-old male committed suicide after killing his mother. The mother and son had a quarrel over his violent video games that he had been playing excessively for 3 years.
South Korea is considered the most wired nation in the world because more than 90 percent of households have broadband Internet access. There are many Internet cafes in South Korea that operate 24 hours.
Internet addiction is a rapidly growing condition in South Korea. Although it has not officially been recognized medical or psychiatric condition, it could lead to multiple mental disorders, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
According to the Associated Press, South Korea police officials say a 15-year-old boy hanged himself after killing his mother in a dispute the two had over his excessive use of violent video games.
Police official Jung Yo-il said on Tuesday that the teenager strangled his mother in their home in Busan. The fight began on Monday night when the mother gave her son flack for playing computer games.
The boy’s sister said her brother had been playing violent video games for the past two to three years, reports the Los Angeles Times.
This is not the first time that someone has died over a video game. In February, a 22-year-old beat his mother to death after she “nagged” him over his video game usage. In March, a couple let their 3-month-old child starve to death while they raised an online child.
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