As we approach the one-year anniversary of the horrific massacre of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut, an American expatriate in Australia is exploiting the tragedy by inviting internet users to play an online video game he created entitled “The Slaying of Sandy Hook Elementary.”
The game directs players to recreate the murder of Nancy Lanza and those killed at the school in graphic detail, and displays a “kill ratio” at the end. The creator of the game, Sydney resident Ryan Jake Lambourn, claims he wants to draw attention to the fact that “absolutely nothing positive has come out of [the tragedy at Newtown],” and says he supports the reform of American gun laws, but his game has done nothing but reopen the wounds caused by the massacre.
Donna Soto, the mother of Vicki Soto, a teacher slain in the shooting, told the media, “It’s absolutely disgusting that somebody thinks this is funny. All the families are suffering. We’re coming up on December. My daughter’s birthday just passed. It just adds insult to the suffering that we’re dealing with.” Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal agreed, stating, “I find the exploitation of this unspeakable tragedy is just shocking.”
They’re right. There is no room in civil society to glorify atrocities as entertainment and inflict unnecessary pain on survivors who are still grieving over the loss of loved ones.
Tell Ryan Jake Lambourn: Remove your video game from the internet immediately and apologize to the families of Newtown.